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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by nivekyamsi, Sep 18, 2004.

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  1. nivekyamsi

    nivekyamsi Thread Starter

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    I have a thinkpad 560x it currently has no operating system.My problem is that I only have an external floppy drive which swaps with a cd rom drive. I used a boot disk and got as far as getting laptop to boot without floppy from hard disk to the bit where you start computer with or without cd support.Whichever option you take brings up error Bad command or file name , Path not found - :\COMMAND .COM , File not found - extract.exe ,File not found - readme.txt , Please insert Windows 98 Startup Disk 2 , press any key to continue......If I put cd rom drive in , it spins but nothing else happens.I've had this laptop for a few weeks now and I seem to be getting nowhere with it. Any help is welcome
     
  2. etaf

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    do you have a bootable CD with windows on.
    you should be able to boot off the cd.
    you may need to go into the bios and change the boot order
     
  3. nivekyamsi

    nivekyamsi Thread Starter

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    I have a windows 98se cd and a cd rom drive which swops with floppy drive. The computers start up options are floppy, hard disk , network , floppy 2 , pcmcia. It is set to boot from floppy first then hard disk. I had a pcmcia cd rom but this was not recognised either
     
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    have you tried putting the CD in and see if it boots at all - was the CD Drive in when you looked at the bios.

    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=BBOD-3N5KWE

    This seems to describe your problem
    http://zurich.ai.mit.edu/hypermail/thinkpad/2000-03/0497.html

    This has parts translated from German
    http://www.stud.uni-hannover.de/~przemy/en_ibm760xd.html


    Hardware maint manual
    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/PFAN-3T5RFV.html

    There are some articles here about booting from USB devices - I think johnwill answered the post - i'll try and find if i can
     
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    http://forums.techguy.org/t262968&highlight=boot+usb.html

    ibm support site
    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/s...page=2640-60U&lang=en_US&doctype=&subtype=All

    almost at the bottom of this page - they talk about installing from CD-rom
    http://notd.blogs.com/notd/general_computing/

    sounds like the best way would be to copy files, from the files on the CD

    so I would suggest a boot disk from here
    http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml
    http://www.bootdisk.com

    Then just boot up to a: prompt -
    see if you get any error and it a least boots OK.
    maybe worth running a memtest from here - also from floppy
    http://www.memtest86.com/

    then at lease you know the PC willl run
     
  6. nivekyamsi

    nivekyamsi Thread Starter

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    I transfered boot disk to hard disk and computer boots to start computer with or without cd support then it displays the errors stated in first thread.I seem to be close to getting it to work but I might just give up and sell it again on e-bay
     
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    :) Take a look at THIS thread to see if it will help.


    Good luck.

    Kilowatt
     
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