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kimberly1965

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Please help me..
Im at my parents home for a few
more hours, at my home i have a useless
computer.
Its a windows 98, and last night all i did
was shut down my computer. When i went to
get back on...the a drive made a funny noise.
and after 2 pages of writing that i always see before
windows starts up, at the bottom it says,something about
book disk error, insert service disk or something like that.
so i called my isp provider and they told me to go to some
one's home who has windows 98 and create a disk. so i did,
but it still wont work..it says window is starting up but then i get
this funny A:\ thing..that comes up...
My brother was going to reformat the whole thing and resinstall windows 98...but we cant figure out how to reformat starting from here...I need my computer badly, i have employment applications in everywhere...please help me someone...!!
 

bassetman

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Use the disk you created:
Boot with the disk in the A: drive
At the A:> prompt type C:
Try a Dir from the C:> prompt to see what it can read.
You can then Format C: from there.
Sounds like you drive might have died though. If that's the case, re-installing may not help :(

Good Luck
 

kimberly1965

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What do I do if my Driver is dead?
what do i do to fix it? does that mean my computer is shot?
really i dont know anything about computers. do i go and buy drivers or what?
 
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no, you're "Hard Drive' may me dead..if this is the case, you don't need a new computer, just a new 'Hard Drive". You can get one online or at your local computer store from about $60. Most stores will install it free if you buy from there.
 

bassetman

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Once you get to the C: prompt you should get an idea of whether the drive is shot or not from the way it behaves.
 

kimberly1965

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So you think my hard drive crashed?
and nothing else will work except replacing it?
there is nothing i can do except but those commands in
under A drive? Ok, i will take it home and hope i do it right..LOL
 

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Ok, I'm going to post to let you know I'm following along, please post back after you have tried to reach a c: prompt. If you can, then try typing

dir
and press enter

What happens?
 

kimberly1965

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Ok, i cant do that stuff now, because im not at home.
Im printing all this stuff out so that i can take it home and try all the suggestions that im given.
I value every suggestion i get..*S*
 
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kimberly

Whilst you are seeing the black screen with the writing on, hold down the control key and see if you get a menu to show.

If it does the menu will show several numbered options - choose command prompt - then type :-

scanreg /restore

note the space between the g and /

choose a registry to restore.... and good luck

But if your hard drive is dead then obviously this will not work - in fact it may not work anyway - but I think it's worth a try
 
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