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Dell Latitude CPi D226XT that needs Windows install

by lilyben3 / December 21, 2008 2:24 AM PST

A friend was given the laptop computer listed in the subject line, with a version of Windows Me installed on the equally partitioned 4 GB hard drive. The system has Pentium II, 48 MBs of RAM, and is FAT16. She was given a CD with Me on it and thought to clean up the HD by reinstalling Windows. She apparently found a website with instructions on how to do so, starting by formatting the HD after making a floppy boot from the installed Me version.
Her problem is that the computer no longer recognizes the CD Rom drive. In this particular computer, the floppy and CD Rom are interchangable modules and therefore cannot operate at the same time.
She gave me the computer to look at and I noticed (when booting up) the floppy apparently tries to access the CD Rom (when selecting CD Rom support), cannot find one, then boots into the A: prompt.
I've even tried to quickly swap out the drives to no avail.
I've had a look at the hard drive but (to me in any case) it doesn't look like a standard IDE socket so I don't know if I can even buy an adapter to load Windows on via my computer.
Any ideas?

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This machine...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2008 3:21 AM PST

From memory is one where we boot from the CD to install Windows ME. If you boot a dos diskette then you do that to do 'things we do in DOS.'

If the Windows ME CD does not boot then I fix that.

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Dell computer with no Windows
by lilyben3 / December 21, 2008 3:49 AM PST
In reply to: This machine...

I have no idea what you mean.

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I understand.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2008 4:01 AM PST

The older Windows are too hard on people today. Take the machine and the parts to a service counter and have the work done for you.

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by lilyben3 / December 21, 2008 4:32 AM PST
In reply to: I understand.

Actually, what I didn't understand was your phrasing.
I have the boot disk Windows Me made (DOS, I assume) but (I believe because of the configuration of this particular computer, where the CD and floppy are modules interchangable rather than concurrently installed) the computer cannot read from the CD when the flopy drive is installed.
In your instructions you say :
"From memory is one where we boot from the CD to install Windows ME. If you boot a dos diskette then you do that to do 'things we do in DOS.'"...
is "things we do in DOS" instructions that are available somewhere?
You also say "If the Windows ME CD does not boot then I fix that"
What are you referring to fixing?
Sorry, I may sound dim but I honestly don't understand your phrasing as it pertains to this problem.

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Your choice here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2008 4:52 AM PST
In reply to: instructions

The last time I installed Windows ME I never used the DOS boot diskette. YOUR CHOICE why you would use that dos diskette.

As to booting the Windows ME CD, that's what I did and installed Windows ME without using any diskette. If that doesn't boot then we fix the reason why we couldn't boot that CD.

As to fixing what. I replace the drive, cable or whatever part that has failed.


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CD drive
by lilyben3 / December 21, 2008 5:03 AM PST
In reply to: Your choice here.

Thanks for your help but I don't think you are understanding the problem. I would love to boot from the CD but (probably because of her formatting the drive) the drivers for the CDRom don't seem to be there, or are not recognizing the drive. As far as I'm aware the drive works fine (it does spin up when the module is plugged in) but the computer doesn't recognize the drive. Any idea how I can get drivers installed? I've tried a couple of programmes downloaded from other sites and put on a floppy but all appear to be too large to be executable in DOS, even though some have said they are for that purpose.
Regardless, thanks for the input...there's no use taking this in for service anywhere as it isn't her main computer but rather something she wanted her kids to fiddle with.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2008 5:10 AM PST
In reply to: CD drive

But I've installed Windows 1 to Vista far too many times. Windows ME is nicer than some because I simply boot off that CD and I have no issue of hunting for drivers until the OS is installed.

I was giving you the shortest possible explanation on how to install Windows ME on those old Dell laptops that came with that. Its possible someone tinkered with the BIOS and set someone else to boot first or at the age of that hardware it no longer can boot from the CD.

You keep referring to drivers. You may be getting confused about how we installed most versions of Windows 98 or prior.

To recap. I never used the floppy drive. I just used the CD drive and the Windows ME CD from Dell. Later I used the driver CD but that was after the OS was installed.

As to floppy diskettes, what would we need these for unless we wanted to do something else?

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Let's say you want to install Windows the hard way?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2008 5:20 AM PST

Yes, use the boot diskette. I must not detail how to make one. Your research here.

1. Boot dos from the diskette.
2. FDISK and FORMAT C:/S like you always did.
3. Edit config.sys and autoexec.bat to have the old dos CDROM drivers (look to dell to get those.)

(BREAK!) I can not duplicate all the web content about MS DOS CDROM drivers. I must stick to the short answers.

4. Read "Installing MS-DOS

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