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Old Sep 21, 2002, 06:49 PM
Manc Basher Manc Basher is offline
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Unhappy Making a boot disk to install Windows 98 on a wiped laptop? Please help!

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Okay I've got meself into a right mess here.

I managed to wipe clean a Dell C600 laptop with an interchangeable floppy/cd-rom drive. All i want to do is re-install windows 98 from the cd but I can't because the cd is not bootable and I don't have the drivers for the cd-rom drive, or know what kind of cd-rom drive it is (came with laptop).

So.. if I make a windows 98 startup cd on my normal pc and boot it up on the laptop then surely the cd drivers won't work because the cd-rom drives are different on both machines? or can I bung some sort of standard cd-rom driver on the floppy?

Then.. assuming the floppy boot disk works and the cd-rom drivers run correctly, how then can I use the cd-rom drive if that means turning the machine off to swap the drives round!!?

AAArgh... help appreciated!
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Old Sep 21, 2002, 06:55 PM
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Get a bootdisk [url=www.bootdisk.com]Here.
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Old Sep 22, 2002, 05:50 AM
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Hi I've managed to make 2 working boot floppys, one from win 98 on my normal pc and one from bootdisk.com

These both load up but the cd-rom drivers do not work because the cd-rom drive is not actually in the machine because the floppy/cdrom drives are swappable and cannot be in the laptop at the same time!

Could someone please tell me if there is a way of copying the contents of the boot disks to my laptops HD, so that the correct system files will load up when I take the floppy drive out and put the cd-rom drive it??

Thanks!!
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Old Sep 22, 2002, 06:03 AM
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Try using a generic cdrom driver, most these days are all interchangeable
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Old Sep 22, 2002, 06:08 AM
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Thanks but how can I load up the cd-rom drivers (from a floppy) if there is no physical cd-rom drive in the machine?

Could I install DOS and copy my boot disk files to the HD or something?

Cheers.
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Old Sep 22, 2002, 06:36 AM
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Is the bios checked to automatically configure it out? If not make sure you know what you're doing when going into the bios.BD
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