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Old 03-14-2006, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Sticky situation with windows 98 plz help

Hi i'm N00BI3 and as my name suggests i'm new (what a lovely foum btw )
anyways, i have an old lame computer that i want to get up and running again, in the hopes of getting it a bit faster i added 128 mb of SD RAM, and figured it was good enough to run windows xp, how wrong i was, during the formating of the hard drive my computer froze up and now when i reboot it it fails to load an operating system... i figured thats not that bad so i shoved in my windows 98 recovery floppy and cd, "Your hard drive is not formatted to run windows 98 please press Y to format it" and when i do this it fails to find c drive and skips the formatting ( ) and skips directily to "would u like to reset your computer to factory settings" screen and when i press continue it shows the blue screen with a loading bar saying "copying files" with the error count goin WAY OFF and it displays a new screen saying "there appears to be a problem with the copying process blah blah"

what can i do? (btw i'm using my GOOD computer to send this so if anything requires 3rd party software etc i do have access to it)

Lame computer specs:
3.2 GB Hard drive
160 MB SDRAM
266MHZ processor (lol)
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: Sticky situation with windows 98 plz help

Umm do you have a boot disk? You can try to load with a different boot disk. Try different letter drives like d,e,f.

format drive-letter-here:
y (when it asks you)

if you want to partition, fdisk
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Old 03-15-2006, 01:53 AM   #3
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yeah it reads my boot disk, i have a boot disk from when i bought the comp (it was supplied by the company [don't ask {ok, my first comp was a branded one} lol]), but it doesn't do much lol, it just sends me to the "reset comp to facotry settings" screen again...
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Old 03-15-2006, 01:29 PM   #4
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Well do you have a windows 98 disk?
if so you could make yourself a boot disk from here
http://www.bootdisk.com/

then format, then try to reinstall windows.
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Old 03-16-2006, 12:00 AM   #5
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hey cool, sorry for the confusion b4 lol, i'll check it out thanks
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You could try putting Linux on it. I have a very old Compaq desktop that was running Windows 98, it has 128 MB RAM and a 12 GB hard drive, and Windows ran really slowly on it. I put Ubuntu Linux on it and it runs pretty well now; way better than it ran Windows.
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bloody hell. xp on that "thing" ?? ...
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Old 03-27-2006, 04:04 PM   #8
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if you are trying to install win 98 you need to get a boot disk first

boot the computer from the disk and type in "fdisk"
in the command prompt

you are going to want to delete "non windows partitions"
(ntfs is not a win98 partition)

then you will want to create a new partition

restart (boot from disk again)

type "format c:\" and reformat the HDD

then install win98


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if you are trying to install XP just pop in the disk and delete the partition and reformat with "fat 32" there is no need for ntfs partitioning on that hdd
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