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help - old Pentium won't boot

By b3k3d ยท 7 replies
Oct 7, 2004
  1. help

    someone gave me an old computer that is messed up.
    OS has been deleted and I cant get it to take any

    Pentium 200 mhz
    cache ram 512kb
    memory 64mb
    bios ver. 4a3nt0x0.86a.0062.p06

    cd rom
    2 mb hard drive

    what would be the best way to fix it
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    What brand is it? Have you tried formatting the hard drive? What OS are you using?
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    2mb hard drive??????

    do you mean 2GB?
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Welcome to TechSpot

    That PC would be at it's happiest with Windows 98SE installed.
    If you have any DOS boot-floppy lying about, start the PC from that Floppy, then at the A:> prompt type in:
    format c: /s /u and press enter.
    Then insert the W98 CD and run SETUP.EXE from there.

    Just in case, you can get any type boot-floppy from www.bootdisk.com
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Don't try and run Windows 2000 or XP on that machine, it will not run well or at all. realblackstuff is right with the Guinness... I mean the Windows 98SE ;)
  6. b3k3d

    b3k3d TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks every one

    the front of the couputer say Auro

    the mobo is intel an430tx

    i can go in to bios but when it boot it say no OS found insert os setup disk

    then with win98 boot disk say remove disks or other media

    win95 boot disk says disk I/O error
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Set your BIOS to start from floppy first.
    Insert that bootable (win98)floppy and start the PC up (select: with CD-Rom support).

    You may have to do an FDISK first. Program is on that boot-floppy. Delete whatever partitions are on the HD (if any). Then create partition, using the whole hard-disk. Set that partition "Active". Quit FDISK.
    Reboot with the floppy still in, then format as above.

    Then after the formatting, insert the CD as described above.
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Check the boot order of devices in BIOS. Set it to boot CDROM first and use the Windows 98 bootable CD.

    The problems with floppies suggest that the floppy drive is bad so you may have better luck booting from a CD.
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