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WIN98SE quirks- Drive A and cdrom boot

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I use Win98se on a regular basis and I have never seen this on other computers. The one donated will not boot from the cdrom even though it is set to do so as the first boot device in BIOS. The cdrom works and BIOS sees it. ??? Drive A is set as the second boot device and does work but if I have the boot disk in A and reboot, it hangs at verifying DMI Data. The drive A always attempts access whenever you click on any program in explorer or the desktop. I need to boot from either the cdrom or A in order to format this drive and install one of our legal OS'es. Any ideas?
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I have found that some older computers will not boot from a cdrom even tho windows 98 is a bootable cd. The easist thing to do is set the bios to boot from the floppy first and save the changes. Then use a win 98 boot floppy to get to the A prompt. The put a win 98 cd in the cdrom drive and type in X:\setup( x will be the cdrom drive letter) and windows should start installing. When you use a boot floppy pay attention to the drive letter assigned to the cdrom drive. You will need to know that drive letter to type in the command in dos to srtart the installation.

You can get a win 98 boot floppy here.


go down 3/4 of the page to download the exe file that will make a good win98SE boot floppy. Read the page carefully because this boot floppy is not like a microsoft boot floppy. It does NOT create a ram drive like the microsoft one does, so the cdrom drive letter will be different.

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The other thing to take note of is the type of disk you're using.

The Windows 98 OEM CDs ARE bootable (subject to the computer being able to boot off a CD), but the upgrade CDs are NOT bootable. Therefore if you are using an upgrade disk to try and install 98, you will have to use the floppy method.
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