Any and all help welcome!!!!!

By jbrunet6 ยท 13 replies
Jun 10, 2005
  1. hi all i bought an older computer i am not exactly sure of all the specs, i formated the old drive as it was no good and i want to install windows 98 SE with my cd-rom I keep geting these messages, boot from ATAPI CD-ROM Failure, or Boot from CD-ROM and then no response, also i am getting a missing operating sysytem message, i am pretty sure i have everything hooked up alright and the computer is reading the hd and the is picking up the rom but I cant install I have tried every :hotouch: thing i can think of if someone has any thoughts or a similar situation any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks pleasee feel free to email me.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    First go HERE and download a Windows 98se boot disk. Write this to a floppy.

    Go HERE for instructions on how to install Windows 98.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. jbrunet6

    jbrunet6 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I decide to switch the drives i knw have an operating system, but no programs are appearing in the add/remove programs. all that is listed is the delete unistall and windows??? also it will not detecd my mouse i know the mosue works because I used it on my this computer. If you cant help that is fine i jst thoght i would check this place out
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Is the mouse connected via the ps/2 socket or usb?

    What type of mouse is it?

    If you go to my post HERE there is a link to the free Everest programme, that will give you lots of info about your system.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    You know you have an operating system - which one. After you've followed Howard's advice you can fill in some of the 'don't knows' in your profile and someone will be able to help.
  6. jbrunet6

    jbrunet6 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks all

    I just switch my mouses and everything seems ok thanks all, i lost alot of programs but i will just have to reinsatll them i eneded up using an old backed up registry. Thanks all I appeciate it ;) ;) ;)
  7. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Glad you're fixed. It would be a good idea to follow Howard's advice so that you can fill out the 'unknowns' in your profile whilst you're trouble free.
  8. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Hmmm. funny things are mice!

    I remember having a problem which looked like my computer had completely died. It turned out after 10 mins of looking to be a bent pin in the ps2 mouse connector.

    I don't suppose anybody would happen to know why mice in particular seem to be able to cause rediculous problems like this?
  9. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    They're rodents and rodents are pests. :)

    Can't say that I've had any problems with mice.
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hiya Spike.

    I think it`s probably due to the ammount of ware and tear that a mouse gets.

    I`ve had several mice die on me over the years. I now have a wireless optical mouse which I`ve had for about tewelve months and so far so good. The only problem I`ve had is when the batteries die lol.

    BTW jbrunet6 glad you got your problem sorted, and thanks for letting us know. :)

    Regards Howard :) :)
  11. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    :) this is very true howard, but you misunderstand (or perhaps I badly explained- more like it).

    I could probably stick a screwdriver in the serial port and the pc would switch on, but a single bent pin on a ps2 mouse can make it look like your mobo or cpu has fried. I don't understand why a mouse can have such a major effect, far more than other peripherals.
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Sorry mate. yes I did misunderstand doh.

    No I don`t know why a mouse would cause such a hugh problem like that either.

    As IronDuke says "They're rodents and rodents are pests." Now there`s a statment I can`t disagree with lol.

    Regards Howard :p
  13. jbrunet6

    jbrunet6 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I have yet to set up the net on the other one, so I really did not want to take all the cords from this one and scan it. I will scan this one though. Maybe you can tell me how I get the computer I have to connect to the other one so my son has internet. I know it has something to do with the network cord but do I need a rooter or something? Thaaks all youare the best!!!! oh yeah i have rogers hio sooed cable modem. and i belive bith computers have network cards.
  14. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    If both computers have ethernet ports (very likely if they're 5 years old) all you need is a crossover cable. Plenty of instructions here.
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