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I have an old Gateway 2000 computer with Windows 98 on it. Sometime back I put Windows XP on it and had 2 operating systems on it. I then thought I could wipe my hard drive and start over...didn't work... I downloaded Active Killdisk and used it. Now I have no operating system and all it says at the bottom after detecting devices is "No operating system" How do I restore or install an operating system on my basically now useless computer!!!

Edited by computernewbie, 01 July 2006 - 08:01 PM.

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Hi computernewbie...

Sounds like it worked perfectly to me... :whistling:

When you "wipe a drive", especially with third party software, it will take everything off the drive. That's how you prepare a drive to install an operating system on.

Do you have any disks for your computer? If so, what do they say on the labels?

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I have a Windows 95 and Windows 98 CD that say "For Distribution only with a New PC"

I also have Windows XP that says "Only for Reinstallation"
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Which disk belongs to your computer? You can only use a copy of Windows on ONE computer.

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Windows 98 and 95 go to it. I prefer to have 98 back on it......
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Have you tried starting the machine with one of those two disks in the drive? We may have to set you up with a Startup Disk to get things rolling.
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I've tried the Windows 95 and 98 installation disk, also after that I tried Windows 95 & 98 startup floppies. But my screen looks like this with anything in the drive and with nothing in the drive:

AMBIOS © 1992 American Megatrends Inc.
BIOS Version 1.00.04.CS1T


Pentium ® Pro CPU 200MHz

0065536 KB

Please wait.....

Keyboard......detected
Mouse...........detected

Hard Disk 0 Installed QUANTUM FIREBALL_TM3840A
ATAPE Device Installed FX120T

Floppy A: Installed

Missing operating system_
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Do you know how to set your BIOS to boot from CD?

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I think I do...Run setup then go to boot options and it has four slots

1st:CD-ROM
2nd:Hard Disk
3rd:Floppy
4th:Disabled

What do I do from there???
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I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. We had a lightening strike near my home which knocked out all of my computers. :whistling:

Your boot priority appears to be correct.

Download this Win98SE Startup Disk and save it to your desktop. Double click on the downloaded file and put a new, formatted floppy diskette in the drive when prompted to do so by the application. This will create a startup disk that will contain the necesary drivers to use the cd-rom. Let me know when you've go this disk ready and we'll see if we can get an operating system loaded on your machine.
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The floppy seems to work it gives me the option

1.Use with CD Support
2.Use without CD Support
3.Type HELP if needed

I choose option 1 with the floppy and CD in and it won't reconize any CD I have....

I don't know what to do now........
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Boot back to the options screen and choose option 1 (start with cd-rom support) and press "Enter". This will load drivers for the cd-rom and create a virtual ram drive...then will give you the command prompt (A:\).

At the A:\ prompt, type fdisk and press "Enter". At the fdisk options screen, choose the option to show partition information (4...I think) and post that information to your next reply.
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Display Partition Information

Current fixed disk drive: 1

Partition
C: 1

Status
A

Type
Pri DOS

Volume Label

Mbytes
3678

System
UNKNOWN

Usage
100%

Total disk space is 3678 Mbytes (1 Mbytes= 1048576 bytes)


This my Partition Info....note: Volume Label is has no info underneath it.....

Edited by computernewbie, 05 July 2006 - 07:23 PM.

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Perfect! :whistling:

Press the Esc key until you get back to the A:\ prompt, type e: and press "Enter". Put your Win98 installation cd in the cd-rom drive and close the tray. At the E:\ prompt, type setup.exe and press "Enter".

This should start the installation process. Let me know how it goes...
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Ok at the A: command prompt, I typed in e: and it said Invalid drive specification

On any other drive after that it said bad command or filename....except on drive C....
on C it said Invalid Media type reading drive C.
Abort, Retry, Fail?


P.S. I just found a new disk for Windows 97.....Where would I find a Win97 startup program to put on a floppy????

Edited by computernewbie, 05 July 2006 - 08:26 PM.

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