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fredbrown

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Hi I have an old keynote laptop and i tried fdisk and it said
No Fixed Disk Present and i know nothing about computer so
if you can spell it out for me it would be great.

OH @ start up it says S2D partition signature not found

Memory
Base = 640KB
Extended = 15360KB
shadow = 96KB
Reserved = 288KB
Total RAM = 16384KB
Cache (Ext) = 256KB
CPU Type = Pentium
CPU Speed + 120 MHz

I would love any help
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peterm

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Hi Fredbrown
How long has it been since you used the laptop the cmos battery could be dead
when you start the machine do you see anything that says pres DEL of F2
or anything similar to enter setup ?
Is this a Dell machine ?

Edited by peterm, 09 April 2006 - 12:36 AM.

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fredbrown

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I can still turn it on the battery will not charge
and when i'm in setup in hase in the uppper corner
Systemsoft scu demo

other than that the battery pack has dell on it.

the laptop starts but when it goes to the microsoft registry checker it says

General failure reading drive c:

or

C:\windows\system32.vxd : missing/Unable to load

Any :whistling: would be awsome
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See if you can get in to the cmos - setup where it keeps the information about the hard drive. To enter this when the computer boots it will say press F2 or DEL or another key like F1 when you do this we want to check if the hard drive is set for auto detect
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The Hard disk is set to auto-ID and it comes up as
type Code 45
# Cylinders 2100
# Heads 16
Sectors/Track 63
landing Zone 0
Write Precomp 0

Size (Mb) 1033

And its on
Multiple Sector Mode And
PIO Mode

Edited by fredbrown, 11 April 2006 - 10:20 PM.

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peterm

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Hi Fredbrown
Does the laptop have a floppy drive ?
Do you have access to a computer with a floppy drive ?
If yes please go to www.bootdisk.com and download a 98se bootdisk (not oem)
put the disk into the laptop and boot the computer
Choose with cd support if you have a cd drive (do you have one on the laptop ?)
When it boots at the a prompt
A:>c: enter
What happens ?

Cheers
Peterm
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Hi

I HAVE A BOOT DISK AND A FLOPPY DRIVE
BUT NO CD-ROM DRIVE

I TRIED WHAT YOU SAID
AND IT GOES TO c: WHAT SHOUL I DO AFTER THAT


WOULD I HAVE TO GET ONE OR COULD I JUST SOME HOW
HOOK IT UP TO MY COMPUTER AND REINSTALL WIN'98

Edited by fredbrown, 13 April 2006 - 01:38 AM.

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peterm

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C:> dir/p enter
can you see a folder called windows
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A BIG LIST OF STUFF POPS UP THAT I KNOW NOTHIG ABOUT

WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO WRITE A LIST ABOUT WHAT POPED UP
(ITS tHREE SCREENS LONG)
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Not yet
Ok at the C:>cd windows enter
C:\windows>win enter
What happens?

C:\windows\system32.vxd : missing/Unable to load

Are you sure you are not missing something from this error message?

Edited by peterm, 14 April 2006 - 02:03 AM.

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