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George Tyndall
Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 12:37 pm:   

I have a small 1gb in an old Packard Bell computer and I have been told by the tech's at aol that I need to get more space since I had trouble getting on the net..I get to aol fine but then I'm unable to get to the net..I cleaned the cache file and every other thing that they said do..I did install several of the free isp's but went to the my computer, add/remove file and deleted them..All I have on the computer that I know of is Windows 98...Any suggestions? Thank you..
Katy R (Catsidea)
Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 1:04 pm:   

1gb should be plenty for AOL & WIN98. The problem may be the ISP's you installed, the removed. AOL is NOT a friendly package, and seems to get touchie when you try to use other ISP's. You may want to do a clean install again on your HD (make a WIN98 startup disk, then reformat the drive, and reinstall WIN98 again, then AOL without the free ISP's) I would try that before I bought a new harddrive. I run AOL, and have had Internet Explorer problems occur after installing BlueLight to try it out. I reformatted and everything was back to normal. Just an idea to try before throwing in the towel or spending money.
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 11:02 am:   

Please Help!!! I must clear my hard drive completely before giving it to charity and don't have a clue how to do it.
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 1:49 pm:   

make a startup disk. go to control panel, and double click: add/remove programs. insert a floppy disk and proceed when ready. then reboot with the disk in drive a:

type: fdisk /mbr

when it goes back to an a: prompt, then type: fdisk

choose delete partion: primary

it'll give some warnings and such, at the end of them, press Y and enter. if you have more partions or logical drives, you need to delete those as well til all are gone.

then press: escape key, until you're back to an a: prompt
then shutdown, that's it, unless you want to format the drive too. then just reboot or start up with the floppy in the a: drive and type: format c:

it will give you a few things to look at such as do you really want to? type Y when it asks for confirmation.

shutdown is all you need to do after it's done.

that's it. have fun

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