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I use to know how to fix computers: Help!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Matt Till, Jun 30, 2004.


  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I have a computer that's been pretty much scrapped. Little to nothing is on the hard drive. How do I create a system disk that will cause the computer to detect the CD-rom drive and let me run the windows disk I have. Thanks.
     
  2. Which version of windows do you have? You should be able to boot from the CD.
     
  3. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Well let me just say that... I got my Windows 98 from a friend.

    He's a weird friend he is...

    ... :ninja: ...

    he wears an eyepatch and he's got a parrot on his shoulder.
    ...
    he's got a very strange profession, some sort of sea going fellow he is.
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Check the BIOS. Change the settings so that the computer tries to boot from CD before booting from the harddisc, usually CDROM, C or something like that.
     
  5. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I'll give that a shot. Thanks.
     
  6. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    So everyone knows: My friend with the eyepatch is very nice, and he gave me Windows because I already have a copy, I just lost it.
     
  7. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    so he just gave you cab files, right?
     
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    This reminds me, not all copies are bootable.

    Check with Isobuster for example. It should report bootable in the left-hand window.

    www.isobuster.com
     
  9. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    You should be able to install a generic CDROM driver with a windows 98 boot disk. You could probaly download one off of the internet. (hoping that you have another computer you can use ;) )
     
  10. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    This is what I'm currently searching for.
     
  11. Word. Change the boot sequence. Once windows is loaded, then you can change back to boot from HD.

    Or are you just searching for a driver for CDROM? Windows will detect a new CD drive no sweat. If it's something different, then the CD drive will come w/ the driver files.
     
  12. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Is this your friend?
    [​IMG]
     
  13. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Arrrr matey, that be he! The salty sea dog! :bassist:


    :p
     
  14. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    The ironic thing is that you lack a mustache in that old picture.


    and you're smoking a carrot...that's funny too.
     
  15. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
  16. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA


    The irony is so thick, you could cut it with a chainsaw.
     
  17. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Just so everyone knows, changing the boot order (which I did) has nothing to do with the problem. When I'm booted up, I have no CD-rom driver. And I can't boot into windows, it has nothing on it. If I can access the CD rom drive, then I can open the windows installation file in dos.
     
  18. Does the BIOS find the CDRom during POST? When it checks memory then goes into finding IDE devices?
     
  19. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Yep, that's why I don't understand it needing a driver/not letting me on the CD.
     
  20. Robert B has the right idea.

    Make sure the disk you download has MSCDEX on it and that that file loads during autoexec. That will enable the OS to interact with the CD-ROM. From there it's a question of seeing whether your disk will let you run setup from DOS; if it's an upgrade disk, it'll probably tell you that it needs Windows to run.