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shyguy103

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I download several different boot disk and i get same error on all. I put disk in and it goes to to run with or without cd support I run with support then it goes to fat 16 or 32 problem so i run fdisk i hit yes and i get disk error won't run it

help please
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Hi shyguy103...

Where are you getting your disks and how are you creating them?

Download this Boot Disk. Save it to your desktop. Double-click the downloaded file and put a floppy in the drive when prompted to do so. This will create a Win98SE OEM startup disk.

Now try it...

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Did that same thing
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Error reading disk
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Hello shyguy103 and welcome to G2G!

Does it display the message "error reading fixed disk"?
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yes
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"Error reading fixed disk" can be caused by a damaged hard drive or by incorrect BIOS settings.
Go into the BIOS and check the settings, use auto detect if the BIOS supports it. Run the manufacturer's diagnostics program on the drive to check that the drive is ok.
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how do i run diagnostics
what if bios does not support it how do i check it
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if hard drive is bad what should i replace it with it has a wd200 in it
but some day I would like to add win xp so what should i buy if i need to replace it. I still holding out hope will fix the problem
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The diagnostics program can be downloaded from the manufacturers website.
In standard CMOS settings you should be able to set the ide channels to auto.
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Should i set bios to default
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when i donload the diagnostics program to a cd will it still reconizedwhen i take to the down computor. judt d: and hit run
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You could try resetting the BIOS to default.
If you could tell me the make and model of the motherboard I might be able to give you a better answer on the whole auto detect thing.
The manufacturers diagnostics CD is a boot CD, put it in your CD drive and it should boot straight off the CD.
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I had a fix-it utilities 5 it says unable to read drive
i put windows 98 disk in it say unable to reinstall windows unable to read drive.

I think hard drive died

If I was to replace it (don't no if it's worth it) would size should i put in it has wd200 right know.
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The size all depends on what your wanting to do with the computer and what size the BIOS actually supports.
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