|... I'm not sure if you laptop has floppy drive(?) suggesting you bootup with win98 floppy or what ever you used last time to fdisk use option 4|
(you can download bootup(only tools) win98se iso here)
4. Display partition information
... just to make sure that the recovery partition has nothing in it percentage wise!
... if there is something perhaps one could boot to that partition by setting it active.
2. Set active partition
... and evoke the recovery if it exists, been done before but I hav'nt with an ibm.
... please post back results then perhaps we'll tackle the cd's problem!
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