Can't seem to figure out this Windows 98 installation...

By NiceGuyEd
Sep 13, 2004
  1. hello all.

    Having some trouble here and was hoping someone could help me out. :)

    I've got a really old computer that I wanted to give to my nephew for word processing and surfing the web. It's an old k6 350mhz system with 128MB of ram. It didn't have a harddrive in it but I had a spare 4GB drive sitting around that I figured I would throw in it.

    I hooked the drive up to my 2000pro system and formatted the drive as FAT32. Then I put the drive in the k6 350. I have a windows 98 installation disk but for some reason cannot get the thing to see the drive or boot from the CDROM. I've changed the boot order in the bios to every combination possible but no luck. The jumpers are set properly as well.

    Any suggestions to get me pointed in the right direction?

    Thanks fellas.
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Welcome to TechSpot Forums

    Maybe the hard disk drive settings in BIOS are different in the slower machine? New hdds should use LBA, sometimes "Automatic" doesn't detect things properly.
  3. smokingrasshope

    smokingrasshope TS Rookie

    only a suggestion as a fairly nOOb computer person .
    have you tried to autoconfig in bios or set your devices manually?
    sorry if this is way off the mark or totaly wrong but i thought i would try and help if i could
  4. AdrianScotter

    AdrianScotter TS Rookie Posts: 39

    The other thing to near in mind is that some older systems don't support booting from the CDROM drive. Try using a DOS boot disk (pref MSDOS 6.22) and don't forget to load the CDROM device drivers in the config.sys and autotexec.bat files. (Hm, this takes me back...) If you don't have DOS boot disks go to Enjoy! Adrian.
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