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October 2001


When Boot Up Equals Busy Icon

a tip from the OS/2 Emergency Folder

If you boot up and all you get is a busy icon (the small clock face) in the center of the screen, you should first check for a WarpCenter timing problem.

  • In your CONFIG.SYS file, find the SET AUTOSTART= line and remove WARPCENTER.
  • Next open the OS/2 System folder on your Desktop and copy the WarpCenter object to your Startup folder.
  • Then reboot.

If that doesn't work you probably need to restore your OS2.INI and OS2SYS.INI files. These files are in the \OS2 directory and you should make a safety copy of the files before restoring the older versions so you can undo the restoration if it doesn't solve the problem. The files have their System and ReadOnly attributes turned on; to turn these attributes off:

  • Run ATTRIB -S -R OS2*.INI
  • And then run DIR OS2*.INI to see them.
If you use a desktop backup/restore utility you should then run it and restore these files. If you don't use one of the desktop backup/restore utilities you should then copy these files from your last backup or from an earlier backup which contained these two OS2*.INI files which did boot properly.


The Southern California OS/2 User Group
P.O. Box 26904
Santa Ana, CA 92799-6904, USA

Copyright 2001 the Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SCOUG, Warp Expo West, and Warpfest are trademarks of the Southern California OS/2 User Group. OS/2, Workplace Shell, and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.