Need help making NEC Versa 4230 HD bootable.

July 16, 2011 at 22:57:40
Specs: Windows 98 SE, Pentium
I'm trying to revive a NEC Versa 4230.
First I want to make the hard drive bootable.
The computer boots fine from a Win98 SE boot disk.
I did FDISK on the hard drive.
Next I did format c: /s.
If I type c: and then dir the required files are on the c drive.

When I restart (ctrl-alt-delete) the message below appears on the screen.

.....Boot 1>.

Can anyone tell me the cause and how to fix the problem?

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July 17, 2011 at 09:43:19
Then I'd guess the bios is not set to boot to the hard drive.

It may be possible that other odd deals exist but try that first.

Be sure you power down completely and not a reset.

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July 17, 2011 at 19:59:01
Run fdisk again and choose option 4 and post back what it says. Is the drive set active?

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July 18, 2011 at 19:36:01
"If I type c: and then dir the required files are on the c drive." I have restarted the computer several times. I swapped in a HD from another computer with Win 95 installed and computer boots. Since files appear and will run from c drive, that seems to mean the partion is active and useable. I suspect that the boot sector (track 0 sector 0) is bad. I was hoping someone was "knowledgeable" about what exactly .....Boot 1> means.

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July 18, 2011 at 20:29:53
You asked about making the hard drive bootable. If it's not bootable after a format c:/s then maybe the drive isn't set active by fdisk. If it's not set active it's not going to boot even with system files. That's why I asked for results of fdisk option 4.

As far as the meaning of .....Boot 1>, it must be a bios message. Perhaps it's in the manual. I believe this is it:

if you don't have it already.

Edit Yeah, that's it. Here's the support page:

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July 24, 2011 at 10:57:46
So far none of the replies have helped.

I'm going to FDISK and format c: /s another hard drive to determine if the hard drive is the problem.

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July 24, 2011 at 21:46:04
Maybe the replies didn't help because YOU NEVER POSTED BACK THE REQUESTED INFORMATION.

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