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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by DDC, Apr 7, 2004.

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  1. DDC

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    Was wondering on how to do it, like how to bring up the ms-dos prompt and what to type in. I am on windows xp (updated from windoes 98se) and have the windows 98 SE for PC's without windows cd to install after i refomat
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    Boot with a Win98 disk.
    Run FDISK and delete any non-DOS partitions
    RePartition, reboot and format.
     
  3. DDC

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    Okay, what if my BIOS wont recognize my CD-ROM....is there any other way?
     
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    If your BIOS won't recognize the CD ROM then neither DOS nor any operating system will.

    How did you get XP on the computer if the BIOS didn't recognize the CD drive.
     
  6. DDC

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    I got my mobo replaced and then the CD-ROM wasn't showing up.
     
  7. Bob Cerelli

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    That would have been good information to know from the first post.

    It could be as simple of a thing as the CD ROM cables not being firmly attached at either end or jumpers not being configured correctly.

    You might check with whoever put in the new motherboard to see what they did wrong.
     
  8. DDC

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    It's not recognized in the BIOS, but when i boot up from the bootdisk it says CD-ROM not not found or some such.
     
  9. Bob Cerelli

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    Yes, you have already said it is not recognized in the BIOS.

    Have you tried reseating all the cables at both ends and go back into the CMOS settings. It could also simpy be disabled there as well.
     
  10. DDC

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    Sorry for that minor stupidity, I mean i got it to be recognized in the BIOS and in My Computer, but when i use the bootdisk it say something like CD-ROM Driver not found.
     
  11. Bob Cerelli

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    What CD ROM driver are you using and how was the boot disk made?

    If it is not a fairly generic CD ROM, you can either try and find the specific DOS drivers or just get a new one. They are not that expensive at all.
     
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    It's reformatting now, thanks for all your help and I'll keep you updated on further details.
     
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