ntvdm encountered a hard error
Fri Dec 24 02:45:00 GMT 2010
On 06/04/2010 09:29, prakash babu wrote:
> I installed cygwin 1.5 using the legacy setup available at
> The install went through fine, but when I click on the cygwin binary i get
> "ntvdm encountered a hard error".
I think I ran into the same problem (although after doing a google search, there
are lots of different answers).
In my case, I was installing using setup-legacy.exe on a new Windows Server 2k3
SP2 VM (under VMWare Server 2). This was
the exact same configuration that I had set up several months ago in another VM,
and which still works.
When I click on the Cygwin Bash Shell icon, or on
the start menu shortcut, a command windows would open up and then a pop up with
"ntvdm encountered a hard error".
I started to compare the working and non-working VM and found that the shortcut
on the non-working VM specified the command:
"C:\WINDOWS\command.com /E:4096 /c C:\cygwin\Cygwin.bat",
whereas the working version had
WS2k3 does not have a C:\WINDOWS\command.com (nor does XP). When I changed the
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\command.com /E:4096 /c C:\cygwin\Cygwin.bat"
everything worked great.
Now according to my cygcheck -c of both systems, there was no difference in the
packages, so this must be a change in
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