Who: A curious little grey haired ol lady with what seems to have been a common situation back when but woe, the solution is elusive today. What: Thinkpad 765L made for W95, upgraded to 98SE (more mem, etc.), everything worked fine. When: Few months ago installed XP, too much program, (for the little grey haired ol lady - not the Thinkpad), and without XP experience, no more internet connection, and peripherials failed Where: Not only uninstalled the XP but the W98 also so reformatted and sys'd the C: and with that everything went into utter outer space. How? Asking myself the same question. Got another boot disk (floppy) for W98 and it tried to load but W98 OS was gone! without an OS . . . so, went back to kinder garden and DOS floppys for DOS 6 but DOS 7 is still recognized. (Don't have floppys for DOS 7 any longer nor the box of em for W98.) Thinkin' meybe root dir? How do I get into that? Now: Still only floppy drive works. Boot prompt is asking for boot disk #2. Two? there was only ever one! Still, CD drive isn't being recognized, never was after the launch. (what is black hole in techy slang?) And have tried with cold boot, warm boot, hot exchange of the floppy and the CD, cold exchange (that's hooey because turning off sends the invisible E: RAM drive into gone too) Also copied all files to C:, changed config to boot from hd first, changed the a: to a c: , rewrote both config and autoexec so many times I may have done some permanent damage. My boss lent me a computer. Guess what it is? An IBM Thinkpad T30. No floppy, only CD. I have cables. I hooked up the LPT1, the COM1 and only the COM1 could be configured but there is no phone line and the 765L has no USB. I have a card in the 765L which accepts the (T1=fat phone line) but only one outlet on the T30 so splitting isn't an option. So: Came here to where someone knows why curiosity killed the cat. Please: reply to me with the line by line config.sys and autoexec.bat with the line for the cd driver; and, how do I get a DOS prompt back instead of the "..disk#2" message? Can: I cable them together? What would the settings be in XP on the T30? This is a request, not of curiosity but desperation. I promised not to touch the settings on the T30 (hehe) But I have figured out the XP thing so I'd just put the XP back on the 765L. I do have the licenses for all three OS's. Just goes to show if one shoulda, coulda, or woulda, the result is dooda. (That's doo doo in Techy slang.) Tragic, isn't it.