Installing windows but I can't boot the cd
Posted 12 June 2006 - 08:49 PM
Posted 12 June 2006 - 10:56 PM
First, what kind of cd do you have...OEM or Retail?
Are you saving the settings when you change the boot priority to boot from cd in BIOS? Do you have a disk that came with the Hard Drive or a Win98 Startup diskette?
Posted 13 June 2006 - 11:12 AM
Also yes I am saving the BIOS settings, I double checked when I re-started and cd-rom was still my first bot priority. The HDD came with no disk because I bought it off e-bay. And lastly I have a 98 boot disk but I am lost in what to do with it. I tried switching to my cd drive which it let me do and then changed to the i386 folder, then I ran winnt. Here the problem occurred. I don't have smartdrv.exe (nor do I know how to obtain it) so I followed the prompts and continued anyway. Here I was told that it could not find enough disk space to temporarily store the files necessary for the boot. *sigh* Does that help at all?
Posted 13 June 2006 - 03:14 PM
Restart with the Win98 Startup disk in the floppy drive. When presented with the Options Screen, press Shift + F5 for Command Prompt. You will see the A:\ prompt...type fdisk and press "Enter".
On the next screen type Y to enable large disk support.
In the "FDISK Options" screen, use option 3 to delete the partition and press "Enter" (You may be prompted to accept the deletion...accept it.) and press "Enter" then press "Esc" to return to the "FDISK Options" screen. Choose option 1 to "Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive" and press enter..again, accept the change. Press "Esc" to exit fdisk.
Now insert the WinXP cd in the drive and press "Ctrl + Alt + Delete" to restart the machine and see if it will boot to the cd and give you the option to partition and format the drive. If you are able to start the format operation in this way, use the full format option, not the quick format...and format to NTFS.
Let me know how this goes...
Posted 14 June 2006 - 03:28 PM
Secondly, when I delete the partition using fdisk there is no problem, when I choose to create a DOS partition I am assuming that I must create a primary partition as I cannot do an extended or logical without a primary. So I created a primary DOS partition, when it is finished checking my drive it asked if I wanted to use the maximum available size for a Primary DOS Partition and make the partition active. I said yes. After it is finished I get a message saying "You MUST restart your system for your changes to take effecy. Any drives you have created or changed must be formatted AFTER you restart. Shut down Windows before restarting."
Now I am assuming that this is the point where you suggested I put in the xp cd and Ctrl+Alt+Delete to re-start. I get the same result upon re-starting, "Boot Failure: System Halted". I don't know if I did something wrong or if this simply did not work. Any other ideas?
Posted 14 June 2006 - 03:34 PM
Posted 14 June 2006 - 04:25 PM
Posted 14 June 2006 - 05:11 PM
Posted 14 June 2006 - 06:21 PM
Download and create the WinXP Bootdisk set. Get the set for your XP installation...the links are about half way down the page. This will require 6 formatted floppy diskettes. Download the file to your desktop, double click on the downloaded file, and start feeding it floppy disks.
Once you've created this set, insert disk 1 into the machine and follow the prompts to install the setup files. While the machine loads disk 1, insert the XP cd, but don't close the tray until all 6 diskettes have loaded. See if this gets us past the crash zone and you can enter the XP setup.
Posted 16 June 2006 - 01:25 PM
Posted 16 June 2006 - 02:38 PM
Posted 16 June 2006 - 03:59 PM
Also, dsenette it was a good suggestion, I hadn't tried that but unfortunately no dice.
I don't understand how something as simple as installing windows can get this complicated!
I appreciate the help though.
Posted 20 June 2006 - 11:10 PM
I haven't heard anything for a while, I was just wondering if there was any progress being made on my situation. If there is no solution in sight then are there any suggestions as to what I should do from here? Buy a new version of windows xp, buy a hard drive with windows already installed....anything? Thanks for your patience.
Posted 21 June 2006 - 10:10 PM
Boot the Machine with a Win98se startup diskette. At the options screen, press Shift + F5 for command prompt. At the A:\ prompt, type format c: /s and press "Enter".
Then try to boot to the installation cd again.
I'll admit...this is a confusing one...
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