Novell Err Msg: VIPX.386 Cannot Load

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Novell has versions of IPX.COM and VIPX.386 available through CompuServe. These files are contained within two separate compressed (PKZIP) files and are located in the Novell forum.

If you use one of the new files without the other, Windows halts while loading and returns an error message indicating that VIPX.386 cannot load.


The following error messages may result if you load Windows in 386 enhanced mode with mismatched IPX.COM and VIPX.386 files:
VIPX.386 could not load since a proper version of IPX was not in memory. In order to access a NetWare file server from Windows, be sure to run the IPX and Shell programs before starting Windows.
This error occurs because IPX.COM version 3.1 requires a later version of VIPX.386. If you receive this error message, either use an older version of IPX.COM or obtain the latest version of VIPX.386. This file is dated 11-21-91 and has a file size of 18998 bytes. The file is located on CompuServe in a file named VIPX.ZIP.

The following is another error message you may receive:
VIPX.386 could not load since a proper version of IPX was not in memory. Please upgrade your IPX to the most current version. Be sure to load IPX before starting Windows.
This error occurs if you have not upgraded IPX.COM to version 3.1. If you receive this error message, do one of the following:

  • Use an earlier version of VIPX.386, such as the version that ships with Microsoft Windows version 3.0 or the Microsoft Windows 3.0 Supplemental Driver Library (SDL).

  • From CompuServe, download version 3.1 of IPX and regenerate the shell. This version is contained in a file called DOSUP4.ZIP.
These workstation files are available in the Novell forum on CompuServe. Customers should log onto CompuServe, and type the following at the ! prompt:
GO Novell
For additional information, contact Novell technical support.

The products included here are manufactured by Novell, a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding these products' performance or reliability.


Article ID: 80671 - Last Review: February 27, 2014 - Revision: 2.2
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