Laptop install OS fail

September 8, 2013 at 09:44:03
Specs: Win98, 1.5 ghz. 1gb ram
Booting old laptop with a boot disk. Don't see "boot from cd" or not option. I successfully formatted etc.... Yet cannot / do not get that " choice " of boot with cd Rom support or not -- in order to then slip in OS disk - to install!

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#1
September 8, 2013 at 11:39:20
You won't get the "Press any key to boot from CD" prompt until you enter the BIOS Setup and change the first boot device to CD/DVD drive.

The key you need to press to get into the BIOS Setup should be shown at the bottom of the manufacturer's splash screen (often it's simply called "Setup" on the splash screen).


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#2
September 8, 2013 at 11:48:37
It is set. Obviously it recognized the drive that enabled me to enter FDISK. I just cannot get to the option to " boot with or without cd support"

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#3
September 8, 2013 at 13:36:12
You mean THIS? If it's not on your Win98 Startup floppy, you'll need to create a different one that DOES have it.

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


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#4
September 8, 2013 at 15:18:23
The 'boot with cdrom support' is a menu option on most floppy bootdisks to load dos cdrom drivers. When using FDISK and FORMAT you don't need the cdrom but when doing the install--when booting from floppy bootdisk--you obviously need cdrom support. As already mentioned if your bootdisk isn't giving that option then you need a different one. Or change the boot order and boot from the 98 cd.

If the 'old' laptop is the one with a gig of ram you'll need to drop that to no more than 512 meg to do the install. Also, how big is the hard drive?


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