Trying to Install Windows 98.

May 7, 2009 at 21:36:49
Specs: Windows 98, not sure
I'm having a problem with installing my windows 98 on my computer. I have the bootup disk and the installation cd (which is a copy and its on a cdrw). I dont know if my computer cant read cdrw or what. Its a old computer i had for a while and its a Peonix and everything is stock. It has a atapi cd drive. I put the bootable floppy in and the startup disk and I start the computer and everything runs smooth until it says "cd rom not reading E". My cdrom drive works fine. It tries to read it and it says that. I think it might be because its a cdrw but im not sure. If anyone could help me i would be greatly appreciated. thanks :)

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#1
May 7, 2009 at 22:08:33
Older cdroms may not be able to read a cd-rw or cd-r. But you're not clear--does it not read the cd-rw at all or does it start to read it but fails after a while?

If the former then the cdrom is too old or the cdrom or disk is bad. If the latter then the cdrom is bad or the disk is bad.

If you're going to use a copy at least put it on a cd-r. Most cdroms above 4X will read a cd-r although I had a new 40x that didn't and an old 2x that did. I've never used cd-rw's but others report cdroms are even pickier about reading them.


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#2
May 8, 2009 at 01:43:04
Well did you try on installing the the Os from the floppy while the Cd is installed?

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#3
May 8, 2009 at 05:24:58
It may have reassigned the CD's drive letter to "R".

Bryan


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#4
May 8, 2009 at 09:32:08
Some Win98 boot floppies have menu option 1 as "start Windows setup from CD-ROM" others have "start with CD-ROM support". If you have the 1st type, all you have to do is press ENTER & the installation will begin. If you have the 2nd type, the CD-ROM drive letter will be displayed just before stopping at the A:/> prompt. Then you will have to change "A" to the CD-ROM driver letter, then type SETUP & press ENTER.

As Byro said, the letter designation may be "R" - that's the letter commonly used by the boot floppies available from bootdisk.com. But it may be a different letter...you have to watch for the message on the screen.

The other possibility is that your drive isn't capable of reading CD-RW's. In that case, make a copy to a CD-R & see if that works.


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#5
May 10, 2009 at 23:55:35
hey guys. thanks for all of your replies as im greatly appreciated :). sorry it took so long to reply. I found that its the cd driver that cant read the cdrw. I then went to town and bought some cdr's and copyied my installation disk and now it works. The only thing is that it installs good and everything and at the end when its finalizing the installation.. error messages keep popping up and it sometimes says illegal operation. I really dont know what is wrong. I didnt even thing it could do that when its a fresh install or not even installed all the way yet. I dont know if anyone can help me but if you can i would be appreciated. Thanks

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#6
May 11, 2009 at 05:15:26
Start by testing your memory with memtest86.

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#7
May 11, 2009 at 14:21:00
Post back the cpu and amount of ram.

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