Please report all spam threads, posts and suspicious members. We receive spam notifications and will take immediate action!
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 29

Thread: Can't load Windows 95 onto old computer. Help!




  1. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    New England Highlands, Australia
    Posts
    21,907

    Default

    I've got a 42MB HDD here if ya want it plus some 30pin 512KB memory sticks.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Fincastle, IN, USA
    Posts
    3,776

    Default

    i got 30pin simms too....and a 130mb Seagate ST3144A

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Fincastle, IN, USA
    Posts
    3,776

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    98

    Default

    I tried that. The CMOS cleared, but I still couldn't change the boot drive to the CD-ROM. Wonder if this is a PB issue, and not an administrative password issue.
    When in DOS, I cannot change the drive to the CD-Rom. It either tells me that no drive exists or it changes to the correct letter (D:), but then changes back (A:). Yet, the BIOS does recognize the CD-ROM! Argh! This is now a personal war... me against the PB.

    Is there a file(s) that I could copy onto a floppy (or several hundreds) from the Win CD that would make the computer at least load something other than a non-working DOS?
    Owner of the computer "Alatar the Blue"

    Athlon XP FX-53
    MSI NeoPlatinum2
    2 GB Kingston PC 3200 CL2 RAM
    ATI x800 XT
    Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS
    21" Viewsonic Flat CRT
    Logitech Z-680 speakers
    2 x WD Raptor II
    120 GB Western Digital SE SATA HD
    Windows XP Home SP2

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    17

    Default

    Okay, I know what the problem is. First, the BIOS doesn't support booting from a CD (you're lucky it supports CD-ROMS at all!). That means you are left with HDD and FDD to boot from. What you need is DOS cd-rom drivers. Some CD-roms come with floppys with DOS drivers on them. You either need to obtain one of these disks or download drivers from the net. After DOS has drivers for the CD-rom, it can read from it. I'm off to bed now but I see if I can find any sites with these drivers tomorrow. Good luck!

    -Josh

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    New England Highlands, Australia
    Posts
    21,907

    Default

    Get ya self a startup disk, http://www.startdisk.com/, then.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    caves of bedrock
    Posts
    3,129

    Default

    i think that your BIOS is set with a HD as primary boot device.
    wouldn't just pressing F9 at boot up will bring the boot menu from where you can chose CD-ROM as boot device. :?:
    it could be a very lame point against all the excellent tips you got, but i was just wondering that is it possible?
    Latest Microsoft Security Updates.
    Last Updated:
    10th MARCH


    If you are a security freak: Use Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (NT/2000/XP/2003)
    ======================
    icq : 203189004
    jabber : asklepios20@jabber.org
    =======================
    Linux user since: April 24, 2003 312478
    yabaa dabaa doo...
    Customized for 1024x768

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    4,723

    Default

    Those Hewlett Packards are most often some proprietary sons of *&^% - might see if you can scour their site and determine if you need some "special" drivers:?:
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    98

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedFreak
    Okay, I know what the problem is. First, the BIOS doesn't support booting from a CD (you're lucky it supports CD-ROMS at all!). That means you are left with HDD and FDD to boot from. What you need is DOS cd-rom drivers. Some CD-roms come with floppys with DOS drivers on them. You either need to obtain one of these disks or download drivers from the net. After DOS has drivers for the CD-rom, it can read from it. I'm off to bed now but I see if I can find any sites with these drivers tomorrow. Good luck!

    -Josh
    Thanks, Josh. I thought I saw something about a CD-ROM driver being loaded, but I could be wrong. I'll do a search for them, but if you come up with something, by all means, give me the link. Thanks again.
    Owner of the computer "Alatar the Blue"

    Athlon XP FX-53
    MSI NeoPlatinum2
    2 GB Kingston PC 3200 CL2 RAM
    ATI x800 XT
    Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS
    21" Viewsonic Flat CRT
    Logitech Z-680 speakers
    2 x WD Raptor II
    120 GB Western Digital SE SATA HD
    Windows XP Home SP2

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    17

    Default

    Okay, here is the link:
    ftp://ftp.mitsumi.com/pub/drivers/ide158.exe

    Download this, double click on it. It will extract the files. Copy these to a floppy and run setupd.exe on the packard bell. It's okay that these are mitusmi drivers, they've worked on every computer and cd-rom I've had to use them on. Good luck!

    -Josh

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •