Amstrad Notebook Computer Hangs at "Starting MS-DOS..." Prompt (99649)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q99649
This information applies to both Microsoft DoubleSpace and Microsoft DriveSpace. For MS-DOS 6.22, use DRVSPACE in place of DBLSPACE for commands and filenames.


Your Amstrad ANB 386 PC notebook computer may appear to stop responding (hang) at the "Starting MS-DOS..." prompt, but pressing a key allows the machine to continue booting.


You can work around this problem by using MS-DOS Editor (EDIT.COM) to add SWITCHES =/F to your CONFIG.SYS file.

If you are using MS-DOS 6.2 and DoubleSpace, you also need to add SWITCHES = /F to your DBLSPACE.INI file. To do this, type the following at the MS-DOS command prompt and then press ENTER:



SWITCHES=/F disables the two-second delay after the "Starting MS-DOS..." message appears during startup.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/26/1999
Keywords: KB99649