Cant get to a dos prompt when hard drive is in.

April 14, 2012 at 07:53:33
Specs: Windows 95
Ok I want to install Windows 95 (don't ask I like old operating systems) on an HP computer. I use a floppy disk to boot to a dos prompt. I then type fdisk and partision (I don't spell the best when typing) the hard drive. I am told to restart the computer. When I do, I cant boot to a dos prompt again. The computer reads the disk then frezz. When I put the hard drive in an other computer, that computer reads it fine. If I unpartision the hard drive on my other computer (the computer that does have an operating system) then take it back to my HP, it reads the hard drive fine. But if I partision it my computer will not read it. I even partisioned and formatted it on my other computer but the computer I need the hard drive to work on will still not read it. Sombody, please help me.

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#1
April 14, 2012 at 08:42:54
You have listed nothing about the system specs.

Make sure the HDD is jumpered as master & is on the primary IDE channel, preferrably without any other drives connected to the cable. If the CD drive (or another HDD) is also connected to the same cable, it must be jumpered as slave.

I assume you know how to use the boot floppy? Select "without CD-ROM support", then run FDISK from the A:\> prompt. Delete all current partitions, then create one (or more) new ones. Make the 1st one active. Reboot, select "without CD-ROM support" again, then type FORMAT C:

After the formatting is complete, reboot again but this time select "with CD-ROM support" & watch the screen to see which letter is assigned to the CD drive. Pop the Win95 CD in the drive, change from A:\ to whichever letter was assigned to the CD drive, then type SETUP & press ENTER.


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#2
April 14, 2012 at 14:11:35
My hard drive is on Master and on a cable by it self. Yes, I do know how to use a floppy drive. But when I reboot, I get a blank black screen right after it reads the floppy in the drive.

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#3
April 14, 2012 at 20:02:59
What size hard drive, cpu speed and amount of ram?

In the boot order in cmos/bios setup make sure the floppy drive is first and hard drive second.


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#4
April 15, 2012 at 10:13:36
Yes, floppy is first and hard drive is second. My hard drive has 40 gb (I think).

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#5
April 15, 2012 at 12:43:34
"floppy is first and hard drive is second"

It should be floppy, CD, HDD.

"when I reboot, I get a blank black screen right after it reads the floppy in the drive"

Then it's not reading the floppy.


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#6
April 15, 2012 at 12:51:46
First make sure the bios sees the hard drive correctly. An old PC may only see up to 8 gig, or 32 gig. That's why we ask for hardware specs.

Partition the drive in the computer in which it's to be used. A different computer sometimes sees the drive a little differently which can cause the partition to be a little different.

What version of 95 are you trying to install? The original version would only work on FAT16 partitions up to 2 gig. For a 95 OEM cd the 4 numbers just before 'part no' are a date that will indicate version. It's best if your bootdisk version is the same as the cd version.

If the bootdisk and floppy drive are good it ought to always boot from the floppy. When it freezes let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes and see if it comes back with an error message.


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#7
April 15, 2012 at 19:34:29
You say its not reading the floppy. It does when the hard rive is not in. My boot disk came with the CD.

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#8
April 16, 2012 at 04:14:16
"You say its not reading the floppy. It does when the hard rive is not in."

So you are now saying installing hard drive, makes the floppy drive inaccessable ?

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#9
April 16, 2012 at 06:33:42
Yes. Everything works fine unlitt I hook in a partishond (I can spell) hard drive.

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#10
April 16, 2012 at 06:34:16
I ment untill not unlitt.

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#11
April 16, 2012 at 08:31:34
You realize you can edit your responses, right? And if you spell that badly, try using Firefox with spell check enabled.

Try jumpering the HDD to Cable Select rather than Master & make sure it's connected to the end plug on the IDE cable.


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#12
April 16, 2012 at 11:32:19
It still will not work.

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#13
April 22, 2012 at 15:50:41
I guess you're not going to post back with requested info or results of suggestions.

Make a new bootdisk on a different disk. Check at bootdisk.com if you need the file. You can try a 98 bootdisk too. Occasionally I've had to use a stripped down bootdisk that only loads himem.sys and the cdrom driver as the disk's attempts to load other stuff sometimes locks things up.


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#14
April 28, 2012 at 07:03:13
It still does the same thing as my first disk.

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