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Question regarding F-disk

By OuiWillie
Nov 24, 2004
  1. Recently I tried to install a PCMCIA network card on a Compaq laptop and I received the message that I must re-install Windows (98SE) My laptop does'nt have a floppy drive so how do I remove Windows so I can reformat and re-install? I have a Compaq Armada M700. I'm stumped and I don't want to go messing around until I have some info. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Go into your bios and in the boot option select the cd as the first boot device then insert your Windows cd and restart your computer.

    You should be able to boot directly from the windows disk.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
     
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    or you could type FDISK in the run (i think)
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    No Sean you couldn`t do that because you need full access to the hard drive.

    Regards Howard
    :grinthumb
     
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    me=has an extreme hate for Howard now...just playing :approve:
     
  6. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Oui... Quote

    "M700. I'm stumped and I don't want to go messing around until I have some info. Any help would be appreciated."

    Before you wipe that drive ,Go to Compaq and Read about re-installing OS,download all the relevent files you need and burn them to a CD
    Unless you have Compaq re-installation disks that came with that Computer,
    Those computers use proprietary Bios and some driver/configuration files .I just finished a Protege without factory disks and it is a lot more work.
     
  7. OuiWillie

    OuiWillie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks everyone.

    I'll try your suggestions. I've started the laptop with the disk and it will let me re-install Windows . My question is what about the current version of Windows already on the disk? Won't I be installing two of the same OS on the same disk? Confusion reigns here in Oaktown.
     
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Yes you can, Win9x/ME doesn't prevent fdisk from working. It's just not very "recommended".
     
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Thanks Mict I stand corrected.

    Regards Howard
    :grinthumb
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    It`s ok no need to worry about that.

    Regards Howard
    :grinthumb
     
  11. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    You don't say exactly which Cd you have.(Compaq re-install or Windows 98SE)
    At any rate ,you said earlier that you were going to Format ,so that will eliminate any infomation on your HDD.You will only end up with one OS
    Have Fun.
     
  12. OuiWillie

    OuiWillie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks All

    I'm going to give it a try today. I'm using the Windows 98SE disk to restore windows. One last question: I'm doing this re-install because when I tried to install a PCMCIA Wireless card and when it re-booted I received the "re-install Windows" notice. Any suggestions about what I can do to prevent this from happening again? The wireless card is a Linksys Model #WPC54G. The installation seemed pretty straightforward but maybe I did something wrong. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Oui.
     
  13. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    First things first ,Yes,
    It could be a lot of different things and there is no garrantee it won't happen again.
    Go ahead and do the format reload.Get everything up to date and running.And if you followed through on my earlier post and got info ,drivers etc. fron Compaq.The updates may deal with the first problem .
    If not,come back we'll help !
     
  14. OuiWillie

    OuiWillie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks again.

    I'm going to try everything tonight. Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'm so happy I came across this site and all of the terrifically helpful people. You're the best. Oui.
     
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