Installing Win98 [IBM Thinkpad 380ED] Not as easy as I thought....

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romanntiko

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I am about ready to throw in the towel on this one. Hopefully you guys can assist me on this one.

I have an old IBM Thinkpad 380ED (collegue gave it to me). I decided to wipe the partition so that I can start a super clean install. I deleted the partition and that was probably my mistake. I can no longer get the system to run properly.


1. First I check the boot order and I played w that and the results were negative. I went from Floppy, CD, HD, then CD, Floppy, HD, then tried Floppy, CD, and vise versa, lastly one individually. Negative results....

I attempted to do what I normally do which is pop in my boot disk and install CD. You can hear the system reading the disk and then the CD-ROM, but it won't continue.

When I changed the boot order to CD-ROM first, I got as far as the system prompting to select the installation support, when I clicked on number 2 the cd sounds like it going to start up the install and then it dies.

What intrigues me is that I popped in a Maxtor hard drive prep cd disk and the companion boot disk and it loads all the way until it detects that I am not running a maxtor drive.

So the CD and Floppy are working... It just won't load the 98 boot disk or CD install disk.

What I am starting to assume is that the BIOS will not let me upgrade unless I have the recovery disks or something. Is this possible?

Any suggestions?
 

romanntiko

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Update: I attempted to use Win2k boot disk and the system is willing to take the installation. However, I think Win2k is too big for this system, it was running on it before but I want something less strenuous on the system so that it doesn't slug. What do u think of this?

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