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Reinstalling Windows 98


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I want to reinstall Windows 98 on my laptop. It is an IBM Thinkpad 760 EL and it has an interchangeable cd drive / floppy drive, so when I boot from the startup disk and tell the computer to use cd rome support, it doesn't detect my cd drive, causse the floppy drive is in. HELP!!!!
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Can you get into setup and change the boot order to cdrom, a, c? If you can then you won't need the floppy, you can boot from the cd. Unfortunately we don't know what kind of BIOS you have so we can't give much help on how to do this. Usually you get in by pressing the del or F1 key during boot.

You have a tricky situation so don't hesitate to ask for help.
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Ok .... I think I've got into the Setup now.... on my computer, it's called "Startup". Is that right? Anyway, the choices are: FDD-1, HDD-1, Network, FDD-2, HDD-2, HDD-3, HDD-4, and PCMCIA. I don't see anything here that would indicate a CD-ROM drive. How can I tell what kind of BIOS I have? Thanx for your help
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Ok .... I think I've got into the Setup now.... on my computer, it's called "Startup". Is that right? Anyway, the choices are: FDD-1, HDD-1, Network, FDD-2, HDD-2, HDD-3, HDD-4, and PCMCIA. I don't see anything here that would indicate a CD-ROM drive. How can I tell what kind of BIOS I have? Thanx for your help

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Unfortunately you're right. you will at least need the floppy to load the cd-rom drivers, you might try this, put in the win98 boot floppy, choose cd-rom support, when it boots to the command prompt put the disk in, type

D:\setup or D:\win98\setup

hit Enter and see if setup starts. The correct drive letter might be E: for the cd-rom, or even A: if things are really weird. Alas, you'll just have to fiddle arount till setup opens, unless someone comes along with an exact procedure. If something isn't working put the diskete back in without rebooting and enter A: to get back to the command prompt.

Good luck
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