Can't get a D: prompt

birdaug January 29, 2009 at 08:58:23
Specs: was windows 98
I have a compaq laptop LTE 5300 that had windows 98 on it, but was corrupt, so I Finally got a command and reformatted the hard drive. Now I get a C:\> command prompt and thats all I can get. I try to get a d:\> prompt, but says Invalid drive specification.
I got into CMOS and change the boot to cd rom and It still won't boot from the cd drive, so I can't install anything. The drive light comes on and goes out like normal, but nothing but c prompt comes up. By the way the comuter does not have a 3.5 floppy drive, only cd rom drive and hard drive. But can't get to the cd rom drive.
Help would be greatlly appreciated.

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January 29, 2009 at 09:39:41
If your formatted the HDD, how are you getting a command prompt? It *should* display, "no operating system found".

Many Win98 CDs aren't bootable. You'd need to boot off a boot floppy to load the CD drivers, THEN you'd be able to run Windows setup from the DOS prompt. The CD drive letter would most likely be E, not D.

Since you have no floppy drive, you'll either have to create a bootable CD or somehow copy the contents of the 98 CD to the HDD, then run setup from there.

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February 7, 2009 at 13:39:57
He probably did a "sys c:" to put the basic kernel files on the C: drive. But those files do not have a drivers for your CDROM. That's why when you boot up there's no D: drive, because there's no drivers for the CDROM.

If you have another computer with a floppy drive and Nero or Easy CD Creater, then you can burn a CD with the option to make it a bootable CD. It'll ask you where the boot files are- insert a Windows 98 or WIndows ME boot disk in the floppy drive and tell it to use the boot files from that floppy. Burn the CD and use that to boot up with choosing the option to load CDROM support. The boot files should load in memory. Once it's up, you should be able to replace the boot CD with the one containing your Windows 98 files and go from there.

Assume that I already did an Internet search.

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