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Trying to reformat old Texas Instrument Laptop

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by CoasterFreak, Feb 7, 2005.

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  1. CoasterFreak

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    Hi there, I'm trying to reformat an old TI Laptop. I popped in the Win98 CD and then I was able to reformat, but now the computer will not boot from the CD. What's the problem? I keep getting the Invalid System Disk error.
     
  2. DaveBurnett

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    Change the Boot sequence in the BIOS to CD first.
     
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    well in the BIOS there is no way to change the boot sequence to CD...it's one of the laptops with changeable floppy and CD-rom...but the floppy is nowhere to be found and only the cd is installed. Now in the BIOS is does say Boot Sequence...A then C and thats what its set to, but I still get the same error.
     
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    Are you absolutely certain that CD is Bootable? I think because the floppy and the CD both use the same connection, the boot sequence does need to be A:C if that is the only choice.
     
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    Now, do you mean the CD-ROM itself, or the drive? The boot sequence is A:C, but I'm assuming you're asking me whether or not that particular cd is bootable. I think it is, but I'll try another one, isn't Win 95 bootable?

    Also, are there any floppy's that can do a partial install of the operating system? Because then at least the operating system would be partially installed, and then all I would need the Win 98 disk for is to pick up some of the larger files.
     
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    I meant the CD not the drive. Win 95 wasn't.
    All you absolutely need on the hard disk is for it to be formatted as system and have CD drivers on it. You could then boot from it and access the CD.
    Later 98se CDs were bootable.
     
  7. CoasterFreak

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    Well, I'm using a Win98se cd, i can try another one, I'm sure I have another one around here. I'll try it and let u kno..thanx.
     
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    The fact is your computer does not support booting from CD & their are no CD drivers available for the computer to use. You need to boot with a floppie, using the external floppie drive to load CD rom support & then use the win CD. . You could try using an adapter an installing the HD in your computer & loading windows
     
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