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Reformat problem of computer

by RAAMW / February 25, 2005 9:39 AM PST

I reformatted my computer to try and clear up all the garbage that has accumulated on it and everything went fine, until I tried to put it back togther again, when it boots up with the 98 window startup disk it goes through like it normally does the window 98 screen flashes for a split second the goes to the "A" prompt

What am I ding wrong???

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At the A:\ prompt. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 25, 2005 12:41 PM PST
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yes, boot order in "setup" BIOS makes a diff..
by reefurbb / February 25, 2005 9:34 PM PST

The W98 boot floppy must be used to use the CDrom IF your PC does not support CDrom as 1st boot. Your W98 install CD may be a bootleg without the autorun.inf or other id and therefore won't auto run as 1st boot.
reset the boot order to run
1. floppy drive
2. CDrom drive
3. Hdd.
note the drive letter assigned to the CDrom by the W98 boot floppy, for example D:\ , at A:\ prompt, type D:\setup.

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Installing 95,I get:Fault in MS-DOS Extender ?
by dickers97 / February 26, 2005 3:30 AM PST

Would greatly appreciate info as to how to get my Pentium 2 to take windows 95 after formating drive.
I've tried everything to install it but I keep coming up with:"Standard Mode:Fault in MS-Dos Extender"
I have the disks in the drives,go through all steps,reboots,etc.The windows screen comes on for just a second then goes back to error message?

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you should have created new discussion....
by reefurbb / February 26, 2005 10:07 PM PST

since you are not original poster. You may not, therefore, get as much exposure/help.
This may refer to the inability of W95 to put generic drivers up for your mobo, since it is a P2 class. This is sometimes where one gets the error in mycomputer-properties-performance of "running in DOS paging mode",
as some generic drivers are used for partial operation but something is wrong with hardware installation. Win98SE had more of them but still not the ones for P2 mobo chipsets, although I've never had an install problem that didn't get far enough to let me do more.
Or I'm way off base.
I doubt that you can even get into safe mode and install chipset drivers. Hopefully you can find W95 chipset drivers at the mobo manufacturer website.
I doubt it would help but I slave my Hdd and put the W98 or W95 install folder (from the CD) on it, after I do sys C: Then the PC will fire up to C:\ and I type
win95\setup, installing from the Hdd and the CD wion't be needed again.
Won't try Windows98SE? W95 is really losing support for important software-applications-programs-drivers.
Lastly, you can try re-installing without reformatting, hopefully to get the message about fixing the install or safe mode install.

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Happy results
by RAAMW / March 2, 2005 10:50 PM PST

After several attempts, I reformatted the hardrive once more and tried to reload the operating system, with the help of the massive book "Upgrading and repairing PC"s" I attempted to reload the os agin and found out that a .dll was missing on my PC's cdrom install floppy, since I have a laptop I copied the >DLL from the the cd and reloaded it to the floppy and all is well, the only big mistake I did when I backuped my hardrive onto CD's apparently I did not copy all of the data but I can live with that. My HD now has 2 GB used instaed of the previous 12GB used, sure speeds everything up
I would highly suggest this formatting especially if you HD is loading up, but make dead sure you backed up the info you want to save

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