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Old 02-24-2006, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i recently purchased a dell optiplex gx1 with a p111 533 and 15g hd and 256m ram ,cdrom and floppy. this is a computer that we are giving my motherinlaw to play solitaire and ocasional internet /e-mail use. here is my prob. i installed win98se on it all was fine. i then installed a v-92 56k modem into the pci slot. when i tried to detect the modem i was unsuccessfull in both slots with the driver on cdrom. i then removed the modem and went to re-boot, got to the win98 start screen but no further. the hard drive just ran on and on until an error message popped up saying problems reading. i then put in a floppy boot disk to get to dos prompt at least. when i tried to switch over to hard drive (c it came up not readable. so this is my quandry.....any help would be appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2006, 10:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like a dead hard drive to me. theyre pretty cheap these days.
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Old 02-25-2006, 03:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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maybe your computer is too old that you need a new one. i mean i got problems too when i tried to add a network card to my old compaq, the window recognize there's a new hardware but then an error message showed up after that.
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Put the 98 floppy in boot without cdrom support and then type scandisk. But the hard drive does sound like its toast.
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Old 02-25-2006, 07:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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pull the card. sometimes a really messed up pci expansion card can totally mess your system over and i would say it is not coincidence that this happened straight after you put the card in. i have had pci cards stop pc's from booting amongst other really messed up things
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Old 02-27-2006, 05:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks all i ended up return the box for a new one. appreciate the help
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