Windows 98 install from external usb cd-rom

October 28, 2010 at 04:09:42
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi, I have a Toshiba NB200 netbook without CD-ROM drive. I have an external USB CD-ROM drive and I want to install Windows 98 but I have a problem. The Installation starts but it doesn't work because CD works like floppy disk and the istallation stops.
Sorry for my bad english but I'm from Greece.

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#1
October 28, 2010 at 05:27:48
I really think you should give up the idea.
Installing an old OS on newer hardware is problematic. And when the age difference is great, as it is here, and the computer is a netbook, the problems are multiplied. Laptops and netbooks often have proprietary hardware for which drivers are available only from the manufacturer and must be designed for the OS in question. Windows 98 drivers were probably never written.

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#2
October 28, 2010 at 05:30:33
Did it come with Linux or XP? Why do you want to change the OS? It's very possible that Win98 won't install because because it won't recognize the modern hardware. Even if you do get it to install, good luck finding drivers.

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#3
October 28, 2010 at 11:42:18
I imagine the installation goes OK until the netbook reboots. It reboots from the hard drive and not the cdrom and since 98 has no native support for those USB devices it no longer sees the cdrom. You could probably load the necessary drivers in a config.sys file on the hard drive that would allow 98 to see the USB cdrom. But even if that was successful, as already mentioned, you'd probably never find the drivers for the rest of the hardware.

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#4
October 29, 2010 at 11:30:43
I haven't problem with the drivers and the laptop has not OS. And who is the way to load the drivers (and which driver) to CONFIG.SYS?

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#5
October 29, 2010 at 20:29:46
I've never needed to set up something like that so I can't give you precise steps. Plus, this type of setup is usually accomplished via 'trial and error' by the user.

Anyway, even though you want to install 98 you need to set up dos support for the devices first as config.sys is a dos file. Check these links for info on that:

http://www.computing.net/answers/do...

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

You can also check at bootdisk.com.

If that works to allow you to finish the 98 install then you can remove the modification to config.sys and look for 98 drivers for the external cdrom.

It ain't gonna be easy. If you get it figured out it'd be a good idea to post back exactly what you did to help others who for some reason want to do the same thing.

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#6
October 30, 2010 at 12:18:38
Thanks but I don' t understand what I must do. I will install Windows 7. Thanks very much for your help.

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