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Reformatting without drivers

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Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2001 - 8:31 pm:   

I have an old laptop that I need to start using again.

Problem is that there are way too many errors and I figure the only sure way to get a fresh start is to reformat the Hard Drive.

I don't have the CDROM Drivers, nor the sound card/video/modem and so on...

If I used a generic CDROM Driver would this work on my system? It was a custom built laptop and I wouldn't have the slightest idea of the brand.

Anyone mind offering help?

My screen name is

Thanks :)
V (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2001 - 4:31 pm:   

what version windows is installed?

if your using or going to use win98, boot with the startup provides cd support for most cd drives.

search for info on your hardware in device manager, run msd in dos for info, or open it up and look for id's on the components.when you find the info then download drivers from the manufacturers website to have ready for install.

win98 picked up all the hardware in an older 486 compaq laptop i have. although it does not have a cd drive so i can't say one way or the other for that
check back to say how it's going

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