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Old 03-22-2006, 03:59 PM   #1
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hi,
here is my problem. i have got my hands on a old compaq notebook, with 98 on it. it has a pcmia slot on it which i would like to put a wireless card in. the wireless card needs a o/s of 98se or better! well i have a 98se disk, and i have a boot disk as well.
but how do i go about formatting the hdd in the laptop from the bootdisk?
i have the command "A:\" if i type FDSIK in it comes up bad command prompt.
where do i go from there.
i have only ever used xp so i am at a lose here.
cheers in advance.
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:03 PM   #2
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So do you want to put 2000 on it, or XP?
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:05 PM   #3
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he wants to put 98SE. what you do is on the A:\ command, type format C: and press yes when it prompts you if you wanna format
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:14 PM   #4
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format c:
BAD COMAND OR FILENAME !!!
could the fact that it is a compaq, it wont let me format the hdd?
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ok. at the A:\ prompt, type fdisk , then press the delete parition button and delete all the partitions. then go to make new partition (the first one), and make it. restart the computer, and at the A:\ prompt, once again write format c: but this time make sure that c: is actially the system drive of the computer
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:29 PM   #6
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typing "fdisk" produces the same bad command response!
what if i press f8 on boot up and go to command prompt only? it takes me then to C:\ where i CAN type fdisk and get response.
ther i get the option to
1. create dos partition for logical dos drive.
2. set active partition
3. delete partition or logical dos drive
4. display partitioninformation.
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k. good job. now from what you did, press delete partition, and follow the rest of my instructions. but remember to restart your computer before doing format c: (not from fdisk)
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ok so i got the c: formatted now. well almost its at 15 percent.
what next?
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insert cd. at command prompt type in d:\setup or what ever letter represents your cd drive
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were cooking now.
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