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win 98 not loading

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by btyle, Nov 30, 2001.

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  1. btyle

    btyle Thread Starter

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    I have an old computer that i wanted to re-format the hard drive and re-install win 98 2nd ed.

    i did the start disc
    then did the reformat
    the started with start disc in place
    files loaded

    but now all i get is a c:\ prompt

    when i try to go into windows nothing happens
    when i restart with win98 cd rom in drive i get
    1. prompt for:
    boot from hard drive
    or
    boot from CDRom

    If i boot from CDrom i get a prompt
    1. start with win98 setup
    2. start with cdrom support
    3. start with no cdrom support

    if i choose 1 (start with win98 set up) it tells me the computer already has an op sys in place and give me 2 options

    exit
    replace op sys

    if i do exit then i restart and get the same prompt that goes nowhere c:\

    if i do replace it tell me the system has a disc compression program installed and cannot replace

    either way i cannot get windows to load.

    PLEASE HELP ME .....

    Thanks
     
  2. ksuwyldkat

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    You might try disconnecting every thing except the CD rom and HDD and Floppy and try to install. I had to do this and then add each card individually after the installation was completed. Just a suggestion.
     
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  5. btyle

    btyle Thread Starter

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    Where do i get this file?
     
  6. rkselby98

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    It is on the boot disk.

    Follow the directions on my site and it will explain how to partition the hard drive.
     
  7. btyle

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    used the fdisk and deleted the partitions.
    then shutdown and did restart with boot disc in

    prompt to boot from cd or hard drive

    did cd

    If i boot from CDrom i get a prompt
    1. start with win98 setup
    2. start with cdrom support
    3. start with no cdrom support

    did 1. set up...

    still says has disc compression in place and cannot continue..

    what now..
     
  8. rkselby98

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    used the fdisk and deleted the partitions.
    then shutdown and did restart with boot disc in

    Next restart with the boot disk in. Choose no cd

    At the prompt type in fdisk press enter key,

    Set partition and make it active. Then format. I think this is how it goes, been a while since I have done one and don't have one here I can test it on. After you type in fdisk follow the instructions for setting the partition and make it active.

    Reboot and this time chose to use cd

    You shouldn't have any problems. Then after the partition is set active go to the A:\ and type in

    A:\format c:

    After it is formatted go to the A:\ again and type in

    E:\setup.exe and windows will install.
     
  9. btyle

    btyle Thread Starter

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    the fdisk worked, i had just not given it enought time to process. i am doing the windows set up now and all looks good for now
     
  10. rkselby98

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    Good, if you have any futher problems email me and I will get right back to you.
     
  11. btyle

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    Thank you for all your help...

    this forum would be nothing without people like you...
     
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