wowexec.exe problem

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by slash9814, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. slash9814

    slash9814 Guest

    Whenever I try to run an executable from a cd-rom I get an error message;

    "WOWEXEC.EXE caused a general protection fault in MMsystem.dll"

    Anyone see this before?

    I tried adding "drivers=mmsystem.dll" to my system.ini but it didn't change a thing.

    please help.....
     
  2. waddy

    waddy OSNN Senior Addict

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    I have herad of this in win98 or ME but not in XP, you were right editing the system.ini , im suprised that didnt work :(

    For some reason when you try to run that exe from your CD, the OS thinks its a 16bit aplication and trys to run WOWEXEC.EXE


    have you run the system file checker ?

    Command prompt and type : sfc /scannow

    Have you added new hardware lately, are all your drivers up to date ?


    My Current system.ini :


    ; for 16-bit app support
    [drivers]
    wave=mmdrv.dll
    timer=timer.drv
    [mci]
    [driver32]
    [386enh]
    woafont=dosapp.FON
    EGA80WOA.FON=EGA80WOA.FON
    EGA40WOA.FON=EGA40WOA.FON
    CGA80WOA.FON=CGA80WOA.FON
    CGA40WOA.FON=CGA40WOA.FON

    After Edit :

    ; for 16-bit app support
    [boot]
    drivers=mmsystem.dll
    [drivers]
    wave=mmdrv.dll
    timer=timer.drv
    [mci]
    [driver32]
    [386enh]
    woafont=dosapp.FON
    EGA80WOA.FON=EGA80WOA.FON
    EGA40WOA.FON=EGA40WOA.FON
    CGA80WOA.FON=CGA80WOA.FON
    CGA40WOA.FON=CGA40WOA.FON

    is that what you did ?


    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q138835 for some information
     
  3. slash9814

    slash9814 Guest

    Thank you very much.

    I forgot to put it under "BOOT"
     
  4. slash9814

    slash9814 Guest

    I still get this problem half the time.......what else could it be?
     
  5. Qumahlin

    Qumahlin Moderator

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    Did you try waddy's suggestion of running a SFC check? as he stated Windows on Windows subsystem should only load if it's an older 16bit app. And you said it is now happening half the time? does this mean it will work on one cd, then not work on that same cd? or work on half the cd's and not the other?

    Sorry for all the Q's just trying to narrow it down :)
     
  6. slash9814

    slash9814 Guest

    I did run the check. It does seem to be on some cds and not others. I dont know if some are 16 bit and some 32, Please ask all the questions you need. this is driving me nutty!!!!!
     
  7. slash9814

    slash9814 Guest

    Here is my system.ini
    in C:\windows

    ; for 16-bit app support
    [boot]
    drivers=mmsystem.dll
    [drivers]
    wave=mmdrv.dll
    timer=timer.drv
    [mci]
    [driver32]
    [Password Lists]
    MARK MEISEL=C:\WINDOWS\Pwls\MARKMEIS.PWL
    MARK=C:\WINDOWS\Pwls\MARK.PWL
    SHEILA=C:\WINDOWS\Pwls\SHEILA.PWL
    [display]
    svgamode=106
    [TTFontDimenCache]
    0 4=2 4
    0 5=3 5
    0 6=4 6
    0 7=4 7
    0 8=5 8
    0 9=5 9
    0 10=6 10
    0 11=7 11
    0 12=7 12
    0 13=8 13
    0 14=8 14
    0 15=9 15
    0 16=10 16
    0 18=11 18
    0 20=12 20
    0 22=13 22
    [driver32]
    [386enh]
    woafont=dosapp.FON
    EGA80WOA.FON=EGA80WOA.FON
    EGA40WOA.FON=EGA40WOA.FON
    CGA80WOA.FON=CGA80WOA.FON
    CGA40WOA.FON=CGA40WOA.FON
    ebios=*ebios
    mouse=*vmouse, msmouse.vxd
    device=*dynapage
    keyboard=*vkd
    display=*vdd,*vflatd
    Com3AutoAssign=0

    What is supposed to happen after I run sfc check? It shows a progress bar and then disappears.
     
  8. slash9814

    slash9814 Guest

    does my system.ini look odd to anyone?