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May 01, 2002, 05:01 PM
Need help please guys..
Problem:- Have a lap-top pc with a internal hard-drive and internal floppy drive. CD-rom drive is a PCMCIA type. Right, hard drive crashed and I had to delete the partition then re-partition it. Was attempting to re-install Windows 98 SE back onto hard-drive but the P.C now won't recognise the CD-rom drive without the drivers installed.....
So I can't install Windows. :( Does anyone have any idea how to get round this??
Can't even format the hard-drive, does anyone know a utility that will do this from a floppy?? can I make my own disc with the Format util on it??
ANY suggestions appreciated...
May 01, 2002, 05:28 PM
Get a bootdisk from www.bootdisk.com . This will let you boot up the laptop & format the HD from the floppy.
Or you can make a startup disk from the PC you're using now. Go to Add/Remove Programs then select Startup Disk.
May 01, 2002, 07:23 PM
Make a bootable Win2K boot disk which has the drivers for PCMCIA CD-Rom drives, it comes in set of 4 disks, boot the PC with it, and install the operating systme you wish to.
Or you can download the drivers for it, boot the laptop with a bootable disk, format it, make it bootable and install the CDrom drivers, and start from there (opps...i dont think it will work as you need card services drivers installed first)..............well stick with first suggestion.
May 02, 2002, 04:55 AM
Thanks guys, will be trying these suggestions shortly. Will post back any success!
May 02, 2002, 12:26 PM
Tried above suggestions but no go. I've made a boot disc with the PCMCIA drivers on it and formatted the hard-drive.
When I try to install the drivers the only option is to install then in DOS mode. Its says that the install is successful and to reset the P.C.
Having done that, when I try to execute the program for the PCMCIA drive it says that the drivers aren't installed! Aarrgghh..
Is there a way to put the 2 1/2 inch drive into my normal P.C and format it that way? is there an adaptor that will do this?
Went to P.C World and they haven't a clue...
Other than that, the P.C has a Ethernet port, if I bought an Ethernet card for my normal P.C would I be able to link them together and format the hard-drive that way??
Any suggestions again appreciated..
May 02, 2002, 12:36 PM
What make/model of your CDROM?
May 02, 2002, 01:24 PM
Its a EXP Computer Inc, DVD Traveller..
I've been to their web site and downloaded the newest drivers but still the same problem, says its installed and to restart the P.C. but nothing happens... Boot to DOS and run the EXE file that it has put on the hard-drive and it says that the drivers aren't installed.. V frustrating....
Would be easier to find an adapter to format and install in my 3.5 drive bay then just put it back into the other P.C.. !!
Cheers for helping Van Nugent.. :D
May 02, 2002, 02:28 PM
Yeah you can get an adaptor. This is the only one I've found on the 'net. I THINK it's what you want. No info on it so can't be sure...
Go to www.simply.co.uk & search for BID210.
2.5" drives are electronically the same as 3.5" ones. They just have an extra 2 pins on the IDE connector for the power.
If you get one of these you will be able to put the drive in a pc & use it as a standard drive.
1 I would suggest you just format it (use format /s so it copies the o/s)
2 Copy the install files from the CD
3 Put it back in your laptop before installing Windows.
P.S. I'm told if you connect the drive to the adaptor the wrong way round you will blow the drive.
May 02, 2002, 02:45 PM
Or check out this File Transfer utility ***********.briggsoft.com/fmdos.htm .
Remember to read the FAQ at the bottom of page.
May 02, 2002, 03:40 PM
File transfer would probably be simpler. You should be able to get a link cable from pcworld. You need a crossover one (Laplink type). Parallel ones have faster data transfer though will probably cost a bit more.
(This is the Belkin part number for the serial one "F3B207b10". (Most of the cables PCworld sell are Belkin))
May 02, 2002, 07:03 PM
Cheers for the responce again guys.. will have to go the adaptor way because the p.c doesn't have serial OR parallel ports!! all it has is 2 x USB, 2 x PCMCIA, floppy drive and a 10/100 Ethernet port.. how toss is that.