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I started another thread but I have left it too long...I am back with the main information about the problem and it is major I believe.
The PC bought second hand by friends has been abused by the kids.It is a Compaq deskpro EP/SB
Processor speed 450/100 HZ
processor stepping 673..Cache 32/512KB..memory128MB
The problem is it wont boot into Win98 but hangs on the welcome screen...I hit F10 to enter setup to get the information posted here.
I tried to load the Win98 CD and reinstall but got the message "setup cannot install win98"
Followed by the advice that the PC doesnt have a Hard disk or it isnt functioning correctly or it needs a special device driver.
When trying to use my own system restore disk Norton Ghost wont load with the message
"critical error" OxOC general failure cannot open ghost invalid destination drive.
If you wait for the boot sequence to finish which is none exsistant but takes ages a blue screen with the message
"non system disk or disk error replace and strike any key to continue" there is nothing in any drive and hitting any key just seems to refresh that message.
Is that enough for you helping angels to get your teeth into?
I have had my problems but this beats mine hands down...any advice will be most gratefully recieved.
Thanks in advance Geoff47
I seam to remember asking you if Disc overlay software was loaded on the Drive, as lot of people use this for one of two reasons its east to setup a drive or the most important is that Bios will not support the size of the drive without the Bios being flash upgraded. To find out if it's got the above watch the boot screen for something on the lines of Maxblast or Seatools
Easy not east
Does it say Disc Manager when you start the comp
The only thing that shows at boot up is the Compaq welcome screen and a message to press F10 to enter setup,you can enter set up but everything seems to be slow reacting.When I rebooted with boot disk in nothing happened other than normal,and with the System restore Pack everything stopped as reported.I have never been asked about Disc overlay, this is a new thread,sorry Woodchip I think you have my query confused with something else.
Any help please?
Have you tried safe mode by keep pressing F8 when it starts
In short Woodchip Yes...it goes straight to setup,and then gets lost from there.
I will try one more thing it's what I told you when you tried to load Star Office, That is copy the Win98 folder to the hard drive and see if it will run from that As you have tried running the setup from the CD I presume you now how to get from the A:\ run with CD-ROM support to the CD Drive to load setup. Insted of running setup try copy Win98 to C:\ so it looks like this at DOS at your CD-ROM letter the X is the drive letter
X:\>copy win98 C:
Then you can change to C:\ when you are there type
Win98\setup and press enter see how that goes if any
Boot problems 98.........
Use Boot disk
At A:> write fdisk/mbr
Enter.........Resets master Boot record.
Hope this of some help......................?
Boot problems 98
If you use this procedure I gave, please use the Boot disc prepared for this m/c only.....?
If the MBR can`t find a bootable partition, it`ll issue a message that says "MISSING OPERATING SYSTEM".......The majority of viruses are boot sector viruses......Your floppy should be write-protected to prevent the virus infecting it too.
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