Any advice for reformatting Win98...

By MsGini ยท 5 replies
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: 1,123

    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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