BIOS cant boot to CD, floppy shares same dock

June 26, 2009 at 06:13:40
Specs: BIOS/W2K Pro Install
My old laptop, which I installed Ubuntu on (which maxed out the hard drive, I think,and couldn't finish), is now inoperable, except for booting from floppy. I have tried practically everything, from trying to boot up Ubuntu to see if I could do something, to searching online to see why my W2K floppy boot disks kept having so much errors, to installing Smart Boot Manager and get angry at the Error 0xAA! message I get from trying to boot the CD from it.
I've almost given up, and I'm really wishing that someone will see this and help me with my problem.

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#1
June 26, 2009 at 06:43:29
What exactly are you trying to do? Do you want to wipe the HDD & start from scratch? I usually use a WinME boot floppy. If you don't have one, go to bootdisk.com & download the file used to create one. Once you've created the boot floppy, boot off it & choose option 4 (minimal boot). When it stops at the A:\> prompt, type FDISK & press ENTER. Press Y to enable large disk support, then select option 3 & delete all non-DOS partitions...you'll probably have to do it more than once. After all the partitions have been removed, press ESC until you're back at the A:\> prompt again. At that point, type FDISK /MBR & press ENTER. Once that's complete, the HDD is ready for reuse, but you'll need to repartition & format for the new OS.

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#2
June 26, 2009 at 06:54:22
I want to install Windows 2K, but my BIOS won't boot from CD, and my four boot disks to boot the installation have an error every time I boot up my PC.

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#3
June 26, 2009 at 08:54:41
You can do as I instructed to prepare the drive, or you can do it during the Win2K setup. Either way, you need the boot floppies. My guess is yours are corrupt, so you're going to need to create a new set.

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm


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#4
June 26, 2009 at 14:13:33
I've replaced the faulty disk (which I just found out was faulty) with another disk, and everything works fine until Disk #4, where it gives me a STOP: C0000221 unknown hard error and has to shut down. Any help?

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#5
June 26, 2009 at 14:36:08
What capacity and type is the hard drive? IDE or SATA?

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#6
June 26, 2009 at 14:45:08
How would I go about finding out?
By the way, it's a laptop/laptop hard drive, if needed.
Capacity is about 2 GB.

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#7
June 26, 2009 at 15:34:56
Download Delpart from the site linked below. The site is OK to download from. Place delpart on a bootable floppy along with fdisk and format.

Use delpart to delete the existing partitions. Then create a primary partition using fdisk and then format using FAT32.

Then you should be able to install Win2000.

The error you are getting is explained in the MS link below.

http://www.russelltexas.com/delpart...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314474


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#8
June 27, 2009 at 08:17:22
The only partition on my disk which Delpart detects is one which is called MBR 1, which I believe is the Master Boot Record

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#9
June 27, 2009 at 09:16:14
If you haven't tried what I suggested in response #1, try it. Click on the following to download the WinME boot disk creator: http://vcic.com/vault/bootme.exe

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#10
June 27, 2009 at 10:10:12
Actually, I did everything you said, but the 4 2000 boot disks are still being stubborn.

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#11
June 27, 2009 at 11:31:20
Did you remove ALL partitioning and then create ONE new partition using ALL available space?

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#12
June 27, 2009 at 15:19:57
Actually, I just used a tutorial to boot the installer from MS-DOS to CD and it worked!
Thanks anyways, guys.

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic142...


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