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formatted hard drive, no cdrom driver, no os install

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lrfelder, Jun 9, 2001.

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  1. lrfelder

    lrfelder Thread Starter

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    My hard drive has been formatted. All drivers gone. attempted to install ms windows 98 with the cdrom. nothing happens. found the cdrom driver file on the web. installed it on the hard drive. (using old win95 boot disk to get to the c: prompt) I'm lost?
     
  2. swwelsh

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    Your system may not support booting from a cdrom, or you may have to go into the bios setup and change the boot order so the cdrom is first. Another thing that might work would be to make a win98 startup disk on another win98 machine, the disk has most standard cd drivers included.
     
  3. lrfelder

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    I have tried to hit the esc. key, f1 key, f2 key during the startup of the system, I have not been able to get into the bios setup?
     
  4. swwelsh

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    Del is a common one to get into the bios, also control+esc,
    F10 on Compaqs, Control+S. Sometimes you can generate an error by holding down a key, or unplugging the keyboard. It will say 'hit x to continue', x to enter setup, or something like that. What kind of system is it?
     
  5. lrfelder

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    The system is a Dell Optiplex GXL 5133.
     
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    Bingo, I'm in the bios. In the "boot sequence" it toggles between diskette first or hard disk only?
     
  7. lrfelder

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    In the bios, there is no cdrom in the boot sequence. this is an older pent. 133 w 64meg ram. I at a loss here again.
     
  8. swwelsh

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    Ok, that system is too old to support booting from the cd. You will need to get a win98 boot disk, that has standard IDE and scsi cdrom drivers, or get the cd drivers you have to work. Probably the missing part is mscdex.exe, which you will have to have to get the cd drivers loaded. You might also try http://www.bootdisk.com, which has links to various boot disk images. Many of these will need a working windows system to create the disk, but there may be some you can get to write a disk with the setup you have now.
     
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