Windows 98 blinking cursor
Posted 02 August 2005 - 05:59 PM
Posted 02 August 2005 - 06:23 PM
and hit Enter. Then type in:
fdisk /CMBR number
where number is the number it displayed when you typed in that fdisk /status command.
Restart (ctrl+alt+del) and take out floppy. See if it works now. If not, try the fdisk /mbr command you did earlier to see if it still says "the master boot code has NOT been updated".
Posted 02 August 2005 - 06:37 PM
Posted 02 August 2005 - 07:00 PM
That was what I used in the number.
That brought up Invalid Switch - /CMBR1
Posted 02 August 2005 - 07:10 PM
Started making that periodic noise. With the case off I could tell it was the floppy drive making the noise. After restart it takes a while, with the noise, before you can hear the floppy working and I will then get the first screen.
I'm going to try the fdisk /mbr
After it gives the notice of not containing a valid FAT or FAT32 partition -
the fdisk command gets - master boot code has NOT been updated.
Any further suggestions?
Posted 03 August 2005 - 03:12 PM
My wife got tired of me playing with the computer and got a friend to come over with a hard drive. By itself the newer drive (master) would work fine. Whenever we powered up the old drive (slave) it seemed to take control - no matter where it was plugged in on the ribbon cable or whether it was slave or master!? His conclusion was that the slave (old drive) was bad.
I still want to try the data recovery program to see if all in information I SHOULD have saved elsewhere, can be recovered. You don't think about it until you've lost it but how will I recover ALL my Email addresses even! Forget about family records and ALL the encypted passwords for all the forums and everything else I've signed on to! Oh PLEASE forget those risque honeymoon pictures that are on the hard drive!! arrggggg! Let someone else recover the data! I don't THINK so! - well, at least until I've exhausted my personal efforts! Live and LEARN! SAVE/BACKUP your data!!
Posted 03 August 2005 - 04:27 PM
It sounds like no matter what, I've got to have another HD to go anywhere. I have a new HD. Do I need to follow the instructions at the start of the Win 98 forum for How to install Win 98?
This will bring up new problems. The original 4 GB HD was replaced with a Maxtor 40 GB drive. I don't remember what I did to get it working with the larger HD, but I did. I now have a 120 GB Seagate Barracuda ATA HD. It was the least expensive way to get by! My finances say I need to go at least through the first of next year before buying another computer! I will check around here. Somewhere I found the information I need to do the Master check the Slave setup.
I just want to make sure I start the right way - installing Win98. What about partitioning? Shouldn't I wait till later to ask about upgrading to Win XP?? (someone said it was more stable and more easily handled larger HD's)
I await a resonse!
Posted 04 August 2005 - 04:53 PM
Posted 04 August 2005 - 05:09 PM
1 - norton antivirus emergency disk program
2 - normal startup
3 - view more info
at bottom I have
F5 - safe mode
SHIFT + F5 - command prompt
SHIFT + F8 - step by step confirmation
If I do nothing it goes to the emergency virus repair and says it can't do anything until I disable GoBack.
Posted 05 August 2005 - 10:11 AM
Posted 05 August 2005 - 01:37 PM
Now to get the new HD installed!
Posted 05 August 2005 - 05:00 PM
Used some of the Norton Utility disks - tried to do some type of scan and it said something about CMOS unreadable or something. I did the test again but skipped checking the CMOS and it says the Marter Partition Table is unreadable/ physically damaged. Should I allow the program to correct the problem? I'd still LOVE to recover the data on this HD.
Posted 05 August 2005 - 08:27 PM
Opps, let me be honest. I just double checked to see where my friend left the old HD after testing things the other night - it was left in Slave jumper setting.
I put it to Master (it is on end of ribbon) and with the Norton's Basic Rescue Boot Disk I'm now getting a 1782 - Disk Controller Failure (in the first window - Compaq logo showing). It also has F1 Boot window at lower left, and F10 Computer Setup window at lower right.
I'm not able to get anywhere with this but wondered if it might reveal something useful.
Posted 05 August 2005 - 08:43 PM
The HD case seemed to indicate the jumper was to go far right for Master.
An online search found a picture showing the far LEFT was the setting for Master!
With this setting the HD whirred and clicked repeatedly and I now see
Non-System disk or disk error
replace and strick any key when ready
Posted 05 August 2005 - 08:58 PM
Is the repeated clicking and whirring an indication the HD has not Boot Record and it's just searching for that so it can start somewhere? (meaning I should give up trying to get this old HD going myself?)
Anything helpful here?
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