Microsoft KB Archive/246479

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Error Message: A Device Has Been Specified More Than Once in the System.ini File

Article ID: 246479

Article Last Modified on 1/25/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition

This article was previously published under Q246479


When you start your computer, you may receive the following error message:

A device has been specified more than once in the system.ini file, or a device specified in system.ini conflicts with a device which is being loaded by an MS-DOS device driver or application or a device loaded from the registry file. Remove the duplicate entry from the system.ini file, and then restart Windows.

Duplicated device :VCD


To resolve this behavior:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type sysedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. On the Window menu, click Drive:\Windows\System.ini.
  3. On the Search menu, click Find.
  4. In the Find box, type motvcd.vxd, and then press ENTER.
  5. Type a semicolon (;) at the beginning of the line that contains "motvcd.vxd." The entry should appear under the [386Enh] section of the System.ini file and appear as "device=motvcd.vxd."

NOTE: If the "device=motvcd.vxd" line does not exist, repeat steps 4 and 5 to find the line that contains "crcvcd.vxd", and then type a semicolon (;) at the beginning of the "device=c:\megaphon\crcvcd.vxd" line.

  1. On the File menu, click Save, and then click Exit on the File menu.
  2. Restart your computer.


Motvcd.vxd is a virtual device driver used by some Motorola modems; the device should work correctly without reinstalling the drivers.

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