Solved win 98 install can't find drive c

August 27, 2011 at 10:40:09
Specs: Windows 98, pentium III 384
When I try to do clean install from the backup os disk from the manufacturer, it boots and starts the install and hangs on checking configuration. I think it can't find drive c:, as if I choose the option to boot to dos with cd rom configuration, I can read the cd rom from dos and have access to drive a:, but I cannot read drive c: I can boot to bios config and it is there and indicates no problems. This thing was so screwed up that I could not even boot in safe mode,and when I did (after several tries) boot to a desk top, it was so unstable that operation that I selected to try to do diagnostics, I got the same error, "This operation has performed an illeagle operation and must shut down". I tried to reinstall from the backup os cd but can't get past the "checking system configuration".

Jim H


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#1
August 27, 2011 at 15:54:57
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Sounds like HD has failed. It would be worth unplugging and replugging its connections although it is unusal for thse to cause issues. There are often spare power connectors around so it would be worth trying another if you can find one.

Motherboard or PSU are possible but unlikely. Keep watching to see what others think.

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#2
August 27, 2011 at 19:38:03
if you could download this:
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06815

create a bootable cd and boot from it.
If you get to the desktop, post back.

larry


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#3
August 27, 2011 at 19:42:22
Derek, I have run diagnostics on the hard drive and it scores an a ok. I think part of the problem was I reformated the hard drive and that was when I had trouble finding it. It showed up in the Bios, but booting on the install disk it couldn't be found. There were several problems with the system. I had another hard drive, and I put it in and it found it. I fdisked it and then the install cd formated it and the install started and crashed with several fault errors. I went into the Bios and disabled some functions and turned off pnp and tried again, still crashed, so I went back into the cabinet and checked connections and memory. My memory was mixed with non compatible dimms, one pc133 and two pc100. Took out the pc133 and tried again and windows installed to the reboot, now I am having problems with the system configuration looking for second edition files at some screwy c: location. I think I have to modify my config.sys file as it is trying to find my cd drive at D: and it is at E:

Thanks for the reply.
JimH


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#4
August 27, 2011 at 19:53:20
You don't need either autoexec.bat or config.sys for Windows to be started or run. Their only use is for true DOS programs (such as ancient games). Try re renaming them to autoexec.old and config.old to eliminate them out of the equation.

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#5
August 28, 2011 at 13:05:18
When it looks for files in the wrong place it'll tell you it can't find what it's looking for and ask where to look. You can then browse to the correct location.. I think the default location of the 98 cab files is written in the msdos.sys file. That file can be edited but as long as you can redirect the search it shouldn't be a big deal to leave it as it is.

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