Problem with restoring a Compaq Presario

June 28, 2011 at 17:54:02
Specs: Windows 98
I have an old Compaq Presario that has a 2.0Ghz AMD Processor, 512 MB of ram with a 250 GB HDD.
Problem is that when I go to restore the system, It keeps restarting after the repatition and format warning. Is it possible that the Motherboard is Fried or is there something wrong with the Restore CD?

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June 28, 2011 at 18:11:23
If your getting a normal format, then probably the system motherboard is still OK. There still could be an issue with the CD-Drive (or CD disc), but there are other parts you may want to check as well (RAM, HDD). To eliminate the CD-Drive, download a live Linux distro, burn the .iso to a CD (using another computer, of course) and see if it will run from the CD without issues. I'd suggest NimbleX or Puppy since they would run on an older system:

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June 28, 2011 at 18:14:11
Obviously if there's a hardware problem, attempting to reinstall Windows is just a waste of time. Why do you feel a reinstall is necessary?

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June 28, 2011 at 18:28:12
Because the system Crashed and was unable to use the scanreg/restore command in Dos

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June 28, 2011 at 18:32:25
this is of course before installing a new Hard drive. I know for a fact that I am not getting any type of POST codes. So any suggestions, except buying a new computer because I am trying to help out a neighbor who has limited funds

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June 28, 2011 at 20:19:23
OK, I guess when you say 'restore' you mean 'new installation' since you're repartitioning and formatting and the PC didn't originally come with 98 so there's no 98 restore disks for it;

On a 250 gig drive, how big is the partition you created? Don't go above about 120 gig as 98 won't natively run on partitions bigger than that.

And does the bios see the 250 gig drive OK? The bios needs to be 48-bit LBA compliant unless you've got the drive attached to an add-on ATA card or have a drive overlay on it. I'm not sure if a machine old enough to have a 2 gig AMD in it will be compliant.

And you've just added another factor. What do you mean by new hard drive? Is the new one the 250 gig and you're installing 98 on something else?

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June 29, 2011 at 04:10:55
Yes it is a new installation. I am replacing the Hard drive, the old one is no Good. I am replacing it with another 250 GB and also THE ORIGINAL System DID in fact come with restore disks From the factory because I am the one who sold it to them when they Bought the thing. it was not until WinME and 2000 when they started to ship the systems Without restore Disks the system was purchased in 2000. and it was the first one I sold with a 2 Ghz processor.

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June 29, 2011 at 15:50:55
What's the model number of the presario? That must have been quite a system back in 2000 to come with a 250 gig drive.

Well anyway, the partition size consideration I mentioned above is still true. While there are fixes for that:

it'd be easier to just keep the partitions to 120 gig or less.

And you'll need the updated FDISK, the ME fdisk or a third party utility to partition correctly above 64 gig:

Also, 512 ram is where 98 started having problems--kind of too much of a good thing. Although it shouldn't be a factor in your installation you may want to drop the ram to something like 256 meg and do the install.

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