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Win98 install defaults to wrong drive letter for CD

by danofdecatur / October 18, 2013 11:30 AM PDT

Trying to resurrect an old Toshiba laptop. Not enough memory for XP. Label shows it originally had Win98. I have wiped and partitioned the hard drive but when I go to format it want's me to install the CD in drive D. Problem is the computer has assigned the CD as Drive A. Any way to force the program to look at the correct drive?

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And you tried to change it per the MSFT link?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2013 1:44 AM PDT
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Win98 install defaults to wrong drive letter for CD
by danofdecatur / October 19, 2013 7:58 AM PDT

When I boot from the CD it goes only so far and then tells me to insert the Windows 98 install disk in drive D: There are no other options to change a drive letter.

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Then you'll have to use the old floppy boot method.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2013 3:56 PM PDT

I can't duplicate all the arcana of 98 here, but time to go back to the old way of a floppy boot, dos CD drivers and such.

And there is the other old way to copy the Win98 folder to the dos formatted HDD then boot to dos, cd to win98 and type setup.

Keep in mind that I'm going to assume you are a seasoned dos user.

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PS. Just in case you forget the old method.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2013 4:26 PM PDT
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Flopy Drive worked
by danofdecatur / October 20, 2013 8:41 AM PDT

In fact I was a seasoned dos user but that was many years ago. I was able to find an old Win 98 startup Floppy and did format the hard drive. I was able to install Win 98. I am afraid the old beast gave up the ghost this afternoon. I was trying to resolve some missing dll files when the monitor quit working. Trying an external monitor yielded nothing as well. It is just not a reliable machine anymore. A preacher asked me try and get it going so they could type sermons on it at home but she does need it to work when called upon.
Thanks for your time.

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Go to freecycle next.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2013 12:47 PM PDT
In reply to: Flopy Drive worked

It's been 4 years since I used it but Pentium 4 and later PCs were spotted all the time there.

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