Win98 Help

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by DrMetallica, Sep 9, 2002.

  1. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

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    I'm working on my older computer, the specs are 600mhz, P3, 128meg, win98. The internet, and CD rom drive are not working properly, so i want to reformat everything, install windows98, play around with my favorite operating system (windows 98) for a couple of weeks, then install red hat on it. But, I can't make a boot disk to reinstall windows/reformat things. I have the win98se CD, but, like i said, the cd rom drive is not working so i can't make a boot disk. Pls hlp.
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Download one from here.
     
  3. w0lv3rin3

    w0lv3rin3 The Source Political User

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    Try reinstalling your CDROM drivers and check the connections at the back of your CDROM!!!
     
  4. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

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    I can tell the cd-rom is working because i can open/close it and when i stick a cd in the light goes on for about 5 seconds.

    But I try going into explorer (remember the old days?) and double clicking D: and it will give me an error:

    "D:\ is not accessible.

    This folder was moved or removed."



    so i rebooted into ms-dos (ahhh the good old days) and typed D: and it looks like this:

    "C:\Windows> D:

    D:> (me: yay!)

    D:>dir

    Volume in drive D: has no label
    Path not found

    (me: damn!!!)

    D:> C:\Windows

    C:\Windows\> win

    (boots win98)"

    btw doofus i just realized i have no working floppy disks (just a bunch of broken ones) so i'll get some tomorrow
     
  5. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    Also try here for boot disks
    http://www.bootdisk.com/


    As for the CD-ROM, check the IDE cable is connected properly and the right way around. Also try deleting it from device manager and see if windows detects it
     
  6. Howling Wolf

    Howling Wolf We did not deserve this !

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    You can make one in control panel, add/remove programs, windows components, startup disk (sorry if words are wrong, me being French).

    I do hope this helps you !
     
  7. w0lv3rin3

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    also try this:

    goto your system properties, device mamager, then remove the CD rom, then reinstall it or just try and update it with windows up date, also try right clicking on the CD rom in my computer then goto properties, then select the CDROM and try and update the drivers or reinstall it
     
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  9. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

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    Thank you

    ill try all the ideas here and see if it works
     
  10. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

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    OK, i checked in the CPU, the cd rom drive IS connected to where ever it should be, so i went into device manager and unistalled it, and rebooted, it didn't find anything new. Scheisse
     
  11. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Go to the control panel & try add new hardware.
     
  12. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

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    Tried that. All it found was a floppy drive that was damaged somehow (probally registry..)

    I forget to mention this all happaned after i installed IE6 on my win98 box.
     
  13. w0lv3rin3

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    its not suppoed to find neything new, after u remove it reboot your PC, then try and install new drivers for it
     
  14. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

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    K, ill try. But now i got a boot disk and i'm gonna reformat it if it doesn't work.
     
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  16. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

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    K, i've reformated, start the computer WITH cd-rom support, but now, how do i re-install win98? I have the win98 cd
     
  17. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    You need a floppy boot disk with Cd Rom support. Change the bios to boot first from the floppy (fun ain't it). Boot up with the floppy, select 'with cd rom support'. Once there put the '98 cd in the rom. Change to the drive letter for the rom.

    There are two ways:

    The one I prefer.
    1/ Make a folder on the hard drive.
    C:\md Windows (Enter)
    C:\Windows md Cabs (Enter)
    C:\Windows\Cabs
    Now navigate to the win98 folder on the cd.
    C:\Windows\Cabs\cd C:\ )Enter)
    C:\cd D: ( cd rom letter)
    D:\cd win98 (Enter)
    D:\win98
    Now copy that directory to the hard drive.
    D:\win98 copy *.* C:\Windows\Cabs (Enter) (you can take the cd out now)
    Now get back to the new folder using the cd command
    C:\cd Windows (Enter)
    C:\Windows\cd Cabs (Enter)
    C:\Windows\Cabs\ (now type 'setup' (no quotes) (Enter)
    Away it goes. In my opinion this is a more stable way to set up win9x.

    2/ Boot with the floppy with cd rom support.
    Then get to the D: drive using the cd command.
    D:\cd win98 (Enter)
    D:\win98 type setup (Enter) Away it goes from the cd rom.

    I'm doing this from memory so if anyone sees an error please post about it.
     
  18. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

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    Whoohooo!!! It's installing now, and my cd rom DOES work now!! *begins to make love windows98* ...now i can leave it at 98, or go for some new fangled linux OS.
     
  19. DrMetallica

    DrMetallica OSNN Senior Addict

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    Thank you everyone

    btw doofus, i liked the sig you had this morning.