Installing windows but I can't boot the cd
Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:33 PM
Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:41 PM
the error message you are getting sounds like your PC saying the bootsector on the CD is wrong/bad/incomplete.
Can you download and burn a different one
Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:54 PM
In the mean time I am going through fdisk again, I deleted the main partition and I am in the process of creating a primary DOS partition then I will try the format again since there is obviously nothing wrong with the command.
I guess that is all that I can do for now.
Posted 22 June 2006 - 03:51 PM
If the CD is working, try using its built in partitioning ability
an aside; you got this drive from ebay? Any idea of its history? Where'd it come from? What was on it when you got it? Could it be bad?
Posted 22 June 2006 - 04:02 PM
In regards to the formatting methods, while this cd has worked BEFORE, I cannot boot to it at all. I don't understand why the windows xp boot disks won't work, but at this point I think my problem is either the cd itself, or maybe I am missing drivers for my cd drive? Any ideas why format c: /s won't work in the DOS prompt of my win98 boot disk?
Posted 22 June 2006 - 04:18 PM
a completely messed up partition table created by third party partitioning tools might make the format fail
You might consider debugging the drive, by following this:
I've had to do this with drives that were imaged by Dell's disk imaging process in order to get a clean slate to partition and format drives every once in a while
Posted 22 June 2006 - 04:50 PM
Posted 22 June 2006 - 05:37 PM
Posted 22 June 2006 - 06:19 PM
By the way, my new boot disk still would run or show the debug command. Got me.
Posted 22 June 2006 - 06:55 PM
Here is what I'm looking at:
Microsogt® Windows 98
©Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1998.
Anything that I can do from here?
Posted 22 June 2006 - 07:08 PM
you could copy the contents of cdrom\i386 and then run the setup from the harddrive by typing (from within the i386 directory)
But that is darn slow....
Since the drive is formatted, (not sure why that was your goal this way), are you still unable to use the cd-rom?
Posted 22 June 2006 - 08:12 PM
2) If I can how do I copy the contents of i386?
3) If I cannot, where can I find a bootdisk that will allow me to access my cd-rom so I can go the winnt route?
4) I still cannot boot to the cd-rom if that is your question.
5) And my goal was to format because that is what was suggested earlier by wannabe1. He/She thought I might be able to boot from the cd-rom upon re-formatting.
Also as for winnt being "darn slow," I don't care if it takes a week I just want my poor computer back. *sniffle*
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