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can't boot up from Win 98 SE CD

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by LiLJay, Jan 2, 2002.

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  1. LiLJay

    LiLJay Thread Starter

    Dec 24, 2001
    When I try to boot from my hard drive, it begins to load Win98 and then it goes back to DOS and says "Type the name of the command interpreter."

    I tried to boot from Win 98 CD and it says it cannot read or write to drive C.

    Is this a problem with my hard drive?

  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    It may be a problem with the hard drive not being detected, the master boot record or even more likely with the partition information being corrupted, possibly by a virus.

    Try booting with a startup disk. When you get to the a:\> prompt enter:

    fdisk /status

    is the size and partition information for your hard drive shown correctly?

    If you allow the startup disk to boot with cd-rom support, watch to see what letter gets assigned the "ram drive". If it is 'c' and not 'd', your hard drive is not even being detected.

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