Windows 95 Refuses To Boot

January 9, 2010 at 21:28:53
Specs: Windows 95
Well, I have made a breakthrough with the old laptop I have been struggling to fix. However, now I have run into yet a new problem.

When I press the computers On button, it goes to the normal black screen that says the BIOS version and memory check, then just stops. The computer doesn't even attempt to boot from the hard drive. I know for a fact that the hard drive is fully functional and has all the files properly installed by the same exact computer, so HD failure is not the problem.

What would cause such an issue, and what could I try to do to fix the problem. Thanks a lot!

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January 10, 2010 at 00:37:01
When we left off:

you had nothing on the hard drive and were getting the 'operating system not found' error and were having a hard time getting 95 installed on it. So first off, how did you get 95 installed on it?

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January 10, 2010 at 09:06:33
Well, I created an MS-DOS 6.22 CD that I was successfully able to boot. Through that, I discovered that the CD drive was the letter R:. After booting Dos, I took out that CD and put in the Windows 95 disk and typed:
and it booted the Windows 95 CD and successfully loaded it onto the Hard drive.

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January 10, 2010 at 09:45:31
What is the speed of the CPU in this laptop?

Windows 95 had problems with AMD CPUs over 350 Mhz. The only way to install windows 95 on such computers was to under clock the CPU to below 350 Mhz. Install the Operating System. Then install a patch that may or may not still be available. Then put the CPU back to full speed.


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January 10, 2010 at 11:33:50
Thanks for the help, but after letting the computer sit shut down with no power to it at all, I started it and it booted right up. There is one smaller issue though. It won't see the CD drive unless I put in a CD that automatically runs. How can I get this computer to see the CD-Rom drive?

I know it sounds like the problems are all over the place, but I am just squashing bugs one by one until they are all repaired.

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January 10, 2010 at 17:40:22
Check in device manager for any hardware not properly set up and download whatever you need from the link I gave in your previous thread.

Edit Even if it seems OK but you have the 'fast' amd install the patch anyway.

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