Any advice for reformatting Win98...

By MsGini
Jul 26, 2006
  1. when it says there is no keyboard detected?

    Someone put Win2000 Pro on it and it was killing it, so I have been trying to reformat the HD and set it back to Win98.

    I get the part of the screen that says to hit DEL to go into setup, but since it doesn't detect the keyboard I have now way to get there, or do I?
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    No need unless you need to change your boot sequence. Boot from the WIn98 floppy, get to a command prompt and type format C: When formatting is complete switch to the cd drive and type setup. D:/setup with the Win98 cd in the drive.
  3. MsGini

    MsGini TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If I could USE the keyboard

    then I could make those changes.

    I'm saying that it says "Keyboard error or no keyboard present" so I can't use any keyboard functions.

    The mouse doesn't seem to be doing anything either.
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    are these PS\2 keyboard and mouse? if not try using PS\2 since usb iis often aproblem on installs.
  5. MsGini

    MsGini TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Not USB, although I did try them when 2 other ones didn't work.
  6. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    try this:
    get win98 floppy boot disk from here:
    using another pc, since this one is deaf and mute. lol
    start your pc with the 98 floppy boot disk & choose cdrom support option
    see what happens.
    then you have to fdisk, format, and then install 98
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