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bmfgin

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computer with no operating system
« on: March 30, 2004, 07:40:41 PM »
Hi,

Im new to the forum.

I just purchased a used computer and the operating system was erased.

I have a copy(not the original) of windows 98 and I am haveing problems installing it.

the only prompt I get is a:\
It wont let me change it to c or d or g

any help on how to get this disk to boot or should I give up?

Thanks

GIN

Doomsday_J

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Re: computer with no operating system
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2004, 08:06:17 PM »
Please give a bit more detal.  Have you tried booting from a boot disk? Click the link if you dont know how to make a boot disk. http://www.computerhope.com/boot.htm
Are you using to correct commands to change Directories? example just type the drive letter C: on the command line.
Make sure the disk is in the drive.
« Last Edit: March 30, 2004, 08:07:56 PM by Doomsday_J »

gin

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Re: computer with no operating system
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2004, 08:18:19 AM »
I tried all that,  still nothing

GIN

Doomsday_J

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Re: computer with no operating system
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2004, 09:09:14 AM »
Do you have an extra HD lying around? Maybe its a bad disk. Being as you got the System used. Throw a different HD in ther and see if you can get it to boot, that will narrow it down to the HD. IF it wont boot to a different HD you have a problem somewhere else.

GIN

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Re: computer with no operating system
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2004, 05:54:57 PM »
the drama continues...

I have made progress..

It now says that if I have HPFS OR NTFS on the hard drive, I have to make a partion on the boot disk?

any ideas

GIN