Originally Posted by Makaveli213
Okay so you are trying to put Wni98 on the PC?? Why use a OS that isnt supported and hasnt been updated in over a year? Three ahs been no patches to it since last year and every flaw is still wide open. You are better off with XP.
The Win XP bootdisks will not allow you to install Win98.
To isntall Win98 use the Win98 bootdisk. From there go to your CD drive and type in C:\windows\setup32.exe and it should run. From DOS you can NOT use Autorun. That is a Windows only feature. You have to run setup from the actual executable.
If the drive is not formatted to FAT32 right now it wont do anything for you as Win98 does not see NTFS and can not format a NTFS drive back to FAT32. You will need to sue the fdisk command on teh Win98 Bootdisk and do that.
Again FAT32 is very limited. Cant go over 130GB of space and files can not be over 1GB in size themselves. Let alone FAT32 isnt very secure.
Now you have all teh info needed. If it still doesnt see your CD ROM drive then you have a bad connection to it. Is it even recognized in the BIOS??
I found out the problem with the win98 disk. It wasn't a full installation disk; just a recovery disk. This disk assumes win98 is already installed.
I got a new Win98 install disk and I can install it from a DOS prompt. Same with Win95. I never actually tried to install the Windows Melinium installation disk that came with my computer, from a DOS prompt via Win98 startup disk. But I do know that WinXP won't install from a DOS prompt.
Nope, my BIOS doesn't even recognize my CD-Rom drive. But the CD-Rom does work once I get windows loaded up. I even recently installed another CD-ROM drive and still the BIOS wouldn't recognize it.
I think what I need is a BIOS upgrade, but I can't seem to find the right upgrade because I don't know what my chipset is, plus I am scared to mess with the BIOS.
I've been searching the web using the term "Virtual BIOS" in an attempt to find a floppy disk that can create a sophisticated BIOS environment without actually altering the real BIOS. No luck so far.
Oh, and the reason I want Win98\95 as backup OS's is to play old games on. I found some old PC games that I absolutely loved. They either don't work or don't work well with WinXP, so hopefully Win98/95 will do a better job. I might even have to try Windows 3.x. I am desperate to make these games work. I ran one of them from a full DOS install and it worked but without mouse support and without sound. These games, Defender Of The Crown, Dungeon Master, Maniac Mansion, are to die for.
So I can install older versions of Windows on a CD from a win98 startup disk's DOS prompt. But when it's time to install Linux and FreeBSD on multiple partitions on the same drive, I'm not sure how I'm going to pull all of that off. I suppose that's a subject for a different thread.
HP Pavilion 7920
901MHz Intel processor, 256MB SDRAM,
30GB & 250GB IDE Hard Drives (NTFS)
Audio= Intel 82801AA AC\'97 Audio Controller
Video= Intel 82810 Graphics Controller
OS= WinXP Pro / SP3 (32 bit)