PC reads win95 disk only not 2K/Xp

March 11, 2011 at 10:45:52
Specs: Windows 95, celron 500MHz
While reformatting a celron PC , I reformatted the Hard drive and installed 95 as a precursor to loading win2k or XP . Now the pc will only read the 95 disk not any other such as Belkin install or win2k install disk.

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#1
March 11, 2011 at 11:17:02
Why do you need to install Win95 first?

Just boot to the disk for the OS you want to end up with and delete all partitions and start over.


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#2
March 11, 2011 at 11:39:22
A "celeron PC" can be anything from really old to fairly recent.

Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard.

The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.

If it's a Dell computer...
Go here for how to find the Service tag "number":
http://support.dell.com/support/top...

Tell us what it is.

If it's a HP or Compaq computer.....
Go here:
http://partsurfer.hp.com/search.aspx
Scroll down a bit.
Look for the similar label on the outside of your computer.
Quote the specific model number - that's at the end of the first line.
Quote the Product number - that's on the third line.

The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
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"Now the pc will only read the 95 disk not any other such as Belkin install or win2k install disk."

The laser lens may be "dirty".

Try using a laser lens cleaning CD in the drive. If you don't have one you SHOULD have one. Most places that sell CDs or DVDs sell them, and even some "dollar" stores have them for a buck or two.

Or, if this is a laptop computer, eject the drive's tray and with no disk on the tray, wipe off the obvious laser lens with a tissue or a soft cloth.
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Are those burned disks or original disks ?

If they're burned, an optical drive may not be able to read a disk that was not made in the same drive, particularly if it's not a CD-R or DVD-R disk.

How old is the CD drive model ?

The Belkin disk may be a DVD - can the drive read DVDs ?
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The Win 95 CD cannot make or recognize FAT32 partitions unless the 95 version is OSR2 or later. The max size of a partition in Win 95 versions previous to that is ~2.1gb for a FAT16 partition.

Win ME and previous cannot recognize NTFS partitions.

Win 2000 and up make NTFS partitions by default, and that's the only choice you have if the partition is larger than exactly 32.0gb binary (32,768mb). You can make FAT32 partitions larger than 32.0gb if you use a third party program to do that.

Win 2000 and up can recognize FAT (FAT12, FAT16, FAT16B) and FAT32 partitions made in Win 95 through Win ME fine.



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#3
March 11, 2011 at 11:40:21
I believe that was the only cd that would work after fdisk to repartition the 6 gig drive to larger than 2 gig partitions. I selected the LBA mode and got partition to 6 gig but 95 only made 2 gig active partition. I thought that the 2k disk may have needed fat 32 so I reformatted in fat 32 , no difference...?

now the 95 cd is the only one so far to read., I can try an office 95 cd as a contemporary substitute if needed


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#4
March 11, 2011 at 12:05:34
You haven't answered any of our questions.

The Win 95 CD cannot make or recognize FAT32 partitions unless the 95 version is OSR2 or later. The max size of a partition in Win 95 versions previous to that is ~2.1gb for a FAT16 partition.

Win 95 has no built in CD drive drivers.
You have to add the ones you need to the system.

What are you booting the computer with ? What operating system does it have on it ?


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#5
March 11, 2011 at 20:18:17
tnx so far... h is the latest info...I tried multiple cd's about 30% are reading, mostly very old MS products like 95 or word 2000. trouble is pointing to flakey drive...

this is a compaq presario 1200 about 13 years old. I was having trouble with the XP install so I went for a clean install and it crapped out. so I backed up to 95 because that was the only operating system I had that would read on the drive.

I am trying to install 2K or XP but the drive won't read. I am going for a network install if I can get that to go on 95.....I am very surprised that the cd crapped out so suddenly... this machine has been very reliable since I bought it new in 1999......


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#6
March 11, 2011 at 21:49:12
"compaq presario 1200 about 13 years old."

A search finds the only thing that can be is a laptop.
The series was made from 1998 to 2000.

I searched on the web and new replacement 24X CD drives are available for it.

CD drives DO NOT last forever.


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#7
March 12, 2011 at 04:05:30
Save yourself the headache and replace the drive. Look at the link below. You need IDE type connection with your computer. That is what the link is showing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#8
March 12, 2011 at 06:47:33
OtheHill

It's a laptop.

Maintenance & Service Guide Presario 1200 Series
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf-JAV...

In that...
CD drive 24X
Part number: 330934-001

Presario 1200 series QSG
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manua...

According to the list of possible cpus in that, it's too slow to support using a DVD drive.

Searching the web with: CD drive 330934-001

finds some "hits"

E.g.

http://www.goldsource.com/142307-00...

Alternate p/n: 152228-001, 330934-001, 142650-001, 386891-001



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#9
March 12, 2011 at 07:11:43
Well, the OP doesn't need to burn disks. I saw the unit was running a 500Mhz processor, which can burn CDR media. The OP needs to READ the disks, not necessarily burn any.

Might be hard to find a compatible drive but IMO the unit isn't of much use without an optical drive to install an OS and programs.


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#10
March 12, 2011 at 07:24:29
OtheHill

There are some new ones on the web when you search using any of the part numbers at the end of response 8, but if he got the laptop for free or for cheap, he likely doesn't want to spend that much money.


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