[Virtualacorn-list] Boot problem

John McCartney j.mccartney at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Jun 28 22:55:09 BST 2018

In article <570f6dd94acvjazz at waitrose.com>, Chris Newman
via Virtualacorn-list <virtualacorn-list at riscository.co.uk>
> The VA on my netbook has ceased to function correctly due
> to a power failure i.e. Billy Muggins here pulled the
> mains out, forgetting the battery was not in. Duh!!!.

Been there, done that.

> Windows 10 recovered but VA won't boot. I get the error
> message  An error occurred  during Boot. File '&.!Boot'
> not found.

I've seen that one many times before.

> I can use the green page Boot menu & exit to desktop.
> Everything is painfully slow & the pointer stutters
> dreadfully. However !Boot is there on the Hard Disc.

> Should I

> a) Start from scratch & re-install the whole thing (Will
> my original unlock key still apply?).

> b) Drag over a !Boot from the original disc.

> Any thoughts?

The solution is almost certain to be a corrupt cmos.ram in
the model of whichever processor you're using.

Just replace it with a copy of the original from whatever
backup you have. There shouldn't be a need for any more
drastic measures than that - certainly not reinstallation.


John McCartney
j.mccartney at blueyonder.co.uk

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