Solved Can't access my Windows 1998 computer.

May 20, 2011 at 21:40:19
Specs: Macintosh PowerPC
My computer opens as C://> How may I access my computer; I don't know what to write that will allow me to.

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#1
May 21, 2011 at 07:20:50
You're running Win98 on a Mac? Assuming not, why did you list that instead of your actual computer specs? We need to know what you're working with.

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#2
May 21, 2011 at 09:06:30
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If it opens "C:>", you should be able to add "WINDOWS\WIN" to the end of that and see if that gets you in.

Should look like this:

C:\WINDOWS\WIN

Then press enter. I know this trick works with Windows 3.x and Windows 95, and it might work with Windows 98.

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#3
May 21, 2011 at 12:38:51
Yep, or even just Win (hit Enter key).

The problem arises when you have to do this every time.

Please come back and let us know the outcome.


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#4
May 21, 2011 at 18:06:40
I can get on the Internet with my iMac which has another set of problems that I won't go into right now. I can't do anything with the 1998 PC; hence my question.

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#5
May 21, 2011 at 18:18:32

I can get on the Internet with my iMac which has another set of problems that I won't go into right now. I can't do anything with the 1998 PC; hence my question. I will try SDFox 7's advice . Well i just tried writing Windows\Win it said Bad command or file name. I also tried win\ I got the same response.

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#6
May 21, 2011 at 19:23:29
If it's sitting at the C:\> prompt, change the directory to Windows, then type win. Like so:

C:\>
C:\>cd windows [press enter]
C:\windows>
C:\windows>win [press enter]


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#7
May 21, 2011 at 19:52:19
What happened to it between the last time it worked OK and the first time it didn't?

At the c:\> prompt type dir/p and enter. That'll scroll through the entries on the root drive. Does it just show COMMAND.COM?

Ding dong the witch is dead. . . .


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#8
May 23, 2011 at 00:55:53
Hi DAVEINCAPS & mickliq:
I first tried Dave's advice and got Volume in drive c is 1 Volume serial number is 1148-1DO2 (O with a slash through it) Directory of c:\ Command com 93880 05-11-98 8:01p 1 file 93880 bytes 0 dir 4877.00 MB free then it went back to c;\>. So I tried mick's advice and received Invalid directory. I'm still stuck on c:\> I appriciate all the help you're trying to give me; I'm sorry I'm such a dunce when it comes to computers.

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#9
May 23, 2011 at 08:31:00
The main thing with DOS commands is there is little scope for even the slightest variation. Anything it doesn't understand will be rejected, including an extra space where unnecessary, lack of a space where necessary, forward slash instead of backward slash, semi-colon instead of colon - and so on. Use "exactly" anything that is posted. You are probably doing that but once or twice in your posts what you referred to would have been invalid (eg. C://> and c;\>)

Please come back and let us know the outcome.


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#10
May 23, 2011 at 20:30:09
Yeah, I was wondering about the syntax too. But if you did the dir/p correctly and just got command com then you have no windows 98 installed. What may have happened is someone did a FORMAT C:/S command on the drive. That formats (deletes) everything. Then when it's done it copies the dos system files to the hard drive to make it bootable. But that's all it does. You'll need a windows 98 installation cd in order to get 98 back on the computer.

Ding dong the witch is dead. . . .


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#11
May 23, 2011 at 21:52:19
I've tried using both the cd & the floppy to reinstall, but the computer says it can't read either the A or B drives. This is driving me nuts! I wish that I were computer savy. Thanks guys.

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#12
May 23, 2011 at 22:18:16
The cd should be bootable so you can set the cdrom as the first boot device in cmos/bios setup to boot from it and start the install.

Or you can boot from a 98 floppy bootdisk. The last few lines that show on the screen will show the cdrom drive letter. Then, with the 98 cd in the cdrom, if that letter is, say E: for example, you'd type E:\SETUP and enter to start the install. Or some (most?) bootdisks will find the cdrom drive letter so you can just type SETUP and enter to start it.

Ding dong the witch is dead. . . .


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#13
May 24, 2011 at 21:49:53
Hi:
My CD-ROM is drive B not E, F or D I tried each letter. When I put the diskette into the CD-ROM drive it says it can't read the drive. I get the same response when I put the floppy into the A drive. I went to BIOS and changed it to read the CD-ROM first which it does I guess. I even tried starting in Safe Mode, but it just goes back to the blinking C://>. I'm lost when it comes to computer language.
Thanks again guys.

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#14
May 24, 2011 at 22:36:46
Your cdrom isn't drive B: A: and B: are reserved for floppy drives, although when booting from the 98 cd it may create a ramdrive at A: and bump up your floppy drive to B:

Your cdrom isn't assigned a drive letter until you either boot from a cd or boot from a floppy or hard disk and load cdrom support.

If you end up with a c:\> prompt then either you're booting from the hard drive or the boot disk isn't seeing a valid dos partition on the hard drive. In your case I think you're booting from the hard drive. Set your boot order as 1) cdrom 2) floppy drive 3) hard drive. That way when you start the computer it'll go first to the cdrom. If there's a bootable cd in it then you'll get a message something like 'press a key to boot from the cd'. If you don't press a key it'll boot from the hard drive.

If there's no disk in the cdrom or no bootable disk in it then it'll go to the floppy drive. If there's a bootable disk in the floppy drive then it'll go ahead and boot from it. If there's a disk in the floppy drive that's not bootable you'll get an error message, although some bios' now just bypass the floppy drive if there's a non-bootable disk in it.

So if there's nothing to boot from in either the cdrom or floppy drive it'll go to the hard drive.

You say 'When I put the diskette (you mean cd?) into the CD-ROM drive it says it can't read the drive.' What are you booting from when that happens? What drive letter are you using for the cdrom?

Ding dong the witch is dead. . . .


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#15
May 24, 2011 at 22:58:36
Where did you get the floppy bootdisk you're using? Some specifiy the cdrom as drive letter R: That way its drive letter isn't affected by a system that may have multiple drives.

Also, are you sure you have a good bootdisk?

When booting with a floppy bootdisk WATCH THE LINES THAT SCROLL DOWN THE SCREEN AS IT LOADS. IT WILL TELL YOU THE CDROM DRIVE LETTER.

Ding dong the witch is dead. . . .


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#16
May 27, 2011 at 18:48:21
Hi:
The Microsoft Windows 2nd addition is for pcs without Windows cd & floppy came with the computer which I got from a friend of mine. On Tuesday I'm going to the library to download the software & drivers I may need; hopefully I'll be able to get all my computers fixed I've got 4 & none of them work very well. I have this iMac which won't let me access Facebook or my Yahoo accounts (that's why I'm trying to fix the other computers), the 1998 one, a Windows 2000 Pro which I've forgotten the Admin's password to, & an XP that needs a new motherboard. I'm in computer hell! I really do appreciate all the time you've taken from your busy schedule to try and get my computer working again for me. You're a sweetheart for being so nice. I'll let you know how things work out.
Thanks again for all your help.

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#17
May 27, 2011 at 19:08:44
You're welcome. That 98 cd is bootable so you don't need the bootdisk as long as you have the bios option to boot from the cdrom. But if you do use the bootdisk try to watch the screen to see what drive letter is assigned to the cdrom.

Ding dong the witch is dead. . . .


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