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Victor N
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 3:58 pm:   

I was told that I would have to change the path or something on the bootdisk to make it boot to cdrom. I boot up from floppy and asks if I want to boot with cdrom support or without. I choose with and it gets a bunch of errors like corrupted config files and a bunch of other files that are missing or corrupt. Can someone please help, I am using win98se. I am totally clueless what to do.

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 4:17 pm:   

Only a computer whose BIOS supports booting to a CD-ROM can do so. Look in your CMOS settings under Advanced Configuration or Boot Options or something depending on your BIOS manufacturer. See if you can see a setting to allow you to boot to a CD-ROM. If you need more help, let me know :)
victor n
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 4:42 pm:   

need more help. where do I go from the A prompt now?
Paul Shiver
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 5:49 am:   

If I am not mistaken you should be able to type in the drive letter of your cdrom. Example:

Hope this helps.
V (Vera)
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 6:17 am:   

i find this method of installing windows to be the least error prone way to go about it. works well for me. something important to know about is a feature in bios. for award bios go into "bios features setup" look for and disable "virus warning" this being enabled prevents windows from writing to the boot sector causing windows installation to freeze. you can enable it again after installation. if you have a different bios look for something similar

boot with your startup floppy. at this point you don't need cdrom support. ( _ = space and are not to be typed )

at the A:\> prompt type fdisk. make your choices,exit and reboot with startup floppy in place. cd support is still not needed yet.
at the A:\> prompt type format c:/s so it looks like this


the /s switch copies system files from the floppy to the harddrive to make it bootable

when formating is finished reboot with startup floppy in place. select booting with cdrom support.

at the A:\ prompt type c: and press enter to change over to your c: drive. at the c:\ prompt type md win98
so it looks like this

press enter . you have created a directory called win98 ( you can actually call it anything you like but only eight letters long)

put your win98 cd in your cdrom drive. at the c: prompt type d: and press enter. you should be able to access your d: drive. to be sure type dir (looks like D:\dir ) press enter. the drive should be reading now and you'll see the contents of your windows cd.
now the contents of the win98 folder ON the CD are going to be copied to the win98 folder that you made on the c: drive

at the d: prompt type so it looks like this


when the copying is finished

change back to your c: drive. at the c: prompt type cd_win98 and press enter to open your win98 directory. if you want to see the copies that were created , at the c:\win98 prompt type so it looks like
c:\win98>dir/p press enter the /p switch causes the screen to pause so you can read one screenful at a time otherwise it will all go by to fast . to get to the end of viewing the contents just press enter.

to begin windows installation:

while you are still in your c:\win98 directory type setup

installation is now in process just follow the prompts

having the win98 files copied and stored on your harddrive eliminates the need for installing from your windows cd . another benifit is, whenever files are needed from the cd rom they are already on your harddrive in your win98 folder.

hope this helps. good luck
check back to let us know how it's going
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 9:14 am:   

Thanks for your help Paul and Vera..Will give this a shot. Hope this will take care of this issue.

Paul Shiver
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 1:05 pm:   

Great idea Vera. I have been having install problems in the past and thought about installing from the hard disk to prevent errors.
Posted on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 1:01 pm:   

i have a simular problem
i have a c: drive and a A: drive but can't get to cd rom drive d:
i have all files needed in c:
how do i get cd rom drive to work?
how do i create a d: drive
this is a older computer i am working on
packard bell legend 110cdt
i had it before but formated c: drive and now and trying to reinstall win 95 and cd rom
i ned cd rom to be able to work before i can laod win 95 off my disk
V (Vera)
Posted on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 1:56 pm:   

go to get a boot disk that has cd drive support.

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