Can't Boot to XP CD

Dell Dimension c521 desktop
November 27, 2009 at 15:44:00
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, 1GB
Okay, well I used partition wizard 4.1 to mak some
unallocated space on my drive. I booted in DOS, made
a DOS parition for Windows 98. I already have
Windows XP installed. I was finally, as some of you
already know, able to install Win98. however, I can only
boot in safe mode and booting takes forever. I need to
download and install some drivers and Cacheman
because I have 1GB RAM and am running Win98SE.
So my problem was getting to the Internet which I can't
really do from safe mode in win98. So I tried to boot
back to my XP partition but when I turn on the
computer here is no boot menu, by this I mean no os
choces menu. So I can only boot to Win98 and only in
Safe Mode. Someone told me that I need to use my
XP CD and do a repair install of XP to get my PC
running again in my WinXP partition. Now when I
booted from my windows xp oem cd, all my pc did was
try to run windows 98 (wih no success).

My current resources available are: Windows XP MCE
OEM CD. NO floppy drive. Windows 98SE retail CD,
not installed on any other working computer. Parition
Wizard bootable CD. MS-DOS bootable CD (very
similar to a win98 bootable floppy). EDIT: Sorry, I also have a USB flash drive with about 3.5 gigabytes free. And an iPod touch for wifi access

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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#1
November 27, 2009 at 17:48:06
If 98 is loading, then you're not booting to the CD. Press F12 when the system starts, then select the option to boot to your Dell CD.

Remove any OS partitions, create a new one for XP, formatting and installing.

(BTW...this isn't really a hardware question.)

LIR


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#2
November 27, 2009 at 18:00:31
No, it says bting from cd and then it goes to the next pline and
starts win98. I have important stuff onmy HD so I don't want to
reformat. Do you mean make a new part. For xp? Then I'd still
have to format/wipe my old xp partition.

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#3
November 27, 2009 at 18:27:53
If it tries to boot from the CD, you have to press the ENTER KEY when asked, to boot from that CD.

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#4
November 27, 2009 at 18:52:34
When you keep starting new threads it makes it hard to follow where you're at.

And why do you ignore advice you're given? YOU'VE GOT TOO MUCH RAM FOR 98. Temporarily remove enough so you're below 512. Then make the necessary fixes. You don't need to download anything to make 98 run with 1 gig. Here's some screenshots of one method:

http://members.driverguide.com/driv...

You may have messed up your XP by installing it first and then installing 98. As I mentioned in one of your previous threads, 98 is fussy about where it installs. Plus it won't set up a dual boot on its own.

Help me Jebus!


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#5
November 27, 2009 at 19:11:02
Besides the ram there's other considerations when installing 9X with a 'fast' cpu, especially an AMD. Check my # 3 here:

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

and # 11 if you installed 98 first edition.

Help me Jebus!


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#6
November 30, 2009 at 16:00:31
This thread will now go to my win98 general problems thread

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