Reinstall Windows 98SE

Ibm / Thinkpad 240
February 5, 2009 at 07:56:01
Specs: Windows 98SE, 300Mhz Celeron 64Mb Ram
I have an old IBM Thinkpad 240 laptop with a Celeron 300Mhz CPU, 64Mb of RAM, and a 6Gb hard drive. Since it has no CD drive, I'm using a USB CD drive which is set as Drive E: I'm trying to reinstall Win 98SE, and have done the following:

Partitioned the hard drive to a single partition, and formatted. When I try to install Win98 I get the following message:

Windows setup requires 'largest executable program size' to be at least 442368 bytes to run.

How do I correct the problem in oder to instll Win 98SE?

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February 5, 2009 at 11:05:34
After FDISKing and formatting the drive, copy the contents of the WIN98 folder to the flash drive. Then create a folder on the HDD and copy the contents there. Install by running "setup.exe"

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February 5, 2009 at 11:40:01
I'll try that, thanks much.

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February 5, 2009 at 13:17:08
Here's some info on that:

Are you booting from the USB cdrom or are you booting from a floppy bootdisk which is loading the appropriate cdrom drivers?

I think windows setup is not seeing a formatted dos partition. Boot up from whatever media you're using to install 98 but run FDISK, option 4, instead. What does it say?

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February 5, 2009 at 13:48:44
I found that link myself, and Im going to try copying the files to the hard drive, and install from there. Basically, that's what T-R-S is saying.

I'll let you know how I make out.

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February 5, 2009 at 14:51:11

Since the standard WIN98 boot disk wouldn't pick up the USB CD drive, I had to use a modified boot disk. That's what caused the false hard drive size. After starting with the modified boot disk, I couldn't use a flah drive, as T-R-S suggested, because I only have one USB port. (It's being used by the CD drive) Instead, I created a directory on C: and copied the WIN98 folder from the Install CD to the new directory. I then rebooted with the standard WIN98 statup floppy, and installed WIN98 from the hard drive

Eureka it worked!

Thanks guys.

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February 5, 2009 at 16:18:05
Hmm, forgot about the USB drivers being blown away with the format. At least you got it going (and BTW, it's T-R-A, not T-R-S {never had a TRS-80 in my life}---) ;)

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