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No option in BIOS to boot from floppy?

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  1. dnbbaybee

    dnbbaybee Thread Starter

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    In reference to an older Hewlett Packard that was given to my mother. Specs 64 MB RAM, 667MHz Celeron, Win2K currently installed. Im trying to make it operable to her, but Im having issues.

    Maybe Im confused, but it was my understanding that to reformat, you had to create a DOS boot disk (in windows there is an option for this?), change the BIOS settings to boot from floppy, and then Fdisk, partition, and reload windows.

    Ive created a boot disk, but number one the option in BIOS reads "removable devices" rather than "Legacy Floppy" as it does on this PC. (Last BIOS update was in 00) After I choose "removable devices", I reboot and I get the message "Disk I/O Error, replace and strike any key to continue".

    I was also under the impression that WinXP is a bootable CD, therefore if you choose to boot from the CDRom you should be able to use the recovery console to reformat and reload. I have a burnt copy of WinXP with a key that I used to format this PC and it worked fine. However, this time when I boot from the CD I simply get the message "Press any key to Boot from CD.." When I do so, nothing happens.

    Help anyone? What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks a bunch.
     
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  3. norton850

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    I'm not sure a floppy drive is a removeable device. No other options in BIOS?
    It may have been a typo, but with fdisk you would partition first and then format after. What operating system are you trying to install? With 64 MB of RAM XP wouldn't be a good choice.
     
  4. blasterstudi

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    Yeah, I didn't even realize that. You need need to *buy* Windows 98SE or 2000. If your bios has a boot from CD option, then that would be your solution.
     
  5. bearone2

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    i've never been able to boot from a real 98se cd, 2kpro/yes.
     
  6. dnbbaybee

    dnbbaybee Thread Starter

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    Grr. Im frustrated now! No, the only options for booting in BIOS are removable disks, the hard disk, and the CDrom. Why would there be no option to boot from the floppy drive though? Im not entirely PC knowledgeable but I thought it was like, a standard feature or something. I had intended to install XP, but I have every OS on CD so I could use Win2K pro if that would be better. 64MB Ram sucks yes, but Im broke until after Christmas. Ha.

    Is there ANY way to get past the windows logon password without reformatting? This PC was given to my family and there is no way to contact the previous person to obtain the password.

    Thank you again everyone! Youre all awesome.
     
  7. norton850

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    Does the BIOS boot option say removeable device or removeable disks?
     
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