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Format stalled - no command prompt

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

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  1. zombiebeat

    zombiebeat Thread Starter

    Jan 2, 2002
    Hi, Im trying to get my new Hardrive up and running and I've came to a dead halt.

    I'm trying to install windows 98SE.

    I inserted the boot disk and selected "1/ start with CD-ROM Support".

    I then ran fdisk selected option "1" all the way through;

    Enable Large Disk Support- I selected yes, then

    1/ Create Primary DOS Partition

    Do You wish to enable maximum available size for primary DOS Partition - Yes.

    I was then prompted to Esc and restart my system.

    This is where I hit the problem.

    When I restart it goes through the normal BIOS screen then the following message is at the bottom of the screen,

    Verifying DMI Pool Data....
    Missing Operating System

    From here I get nothing no command prompt, I am absolutely at a loss.

    I've cleared CMOS, tried various permutations in the BIOS of getting the Floppy and CD-ROM to boot first nada, zilch not a sausage.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    My system

    AMD Athlon XP 1600+
    Abit KG7-lite
    256mb PC2100 DDR RAM
    IBM Deskstar 60GXP 40GB
    Creative GeForce 2 titanium
    Videologic Sonicfury

    The BIOS is;
    Award Modular BIOS V.6.00PG

  2. kilowatt1


    Oct 27, 2001
    ;) Hello zombibeat,

    You left out one important aspect. You have to format the harddrive after you partition it. Boot with the startup disk and at the A:\> promt type Format c: /s then press enter. Once it is formatted hten you can install Windows. Hope this helps. KW1
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