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Hello All You Heros of the lost computer users.

I have a question about Cirrus Technology HardDrives. I have an eMachine p2 m 366 I just fdisk(ed) and formated. I am going to load win 98 se. Any fore warnings or should I just go for it. I do not have any of the oem drivers or anything like that. Just win98 Se full version.

Am I in trouble or what.
 

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Thats the model with the 4. something GB drive and most likely the 4MB On-board ATI Rage graphics accelerator ... you wont have any problems with the install, however to get the graphics you're gonna want you'll have to download the driver for it.

You should be able to pick it up at emachines site, it will at least tell you the exact type of card that shipped in that model then head to ati.com to pick it up.

Other than that I cant think of anything that would cause you a problem.
 

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Now to the good stuff

TheTechIsIn said:
Thats the model with the 4. something GB drive and most likely the 4MB On-board ATI Rage graphics accelerator ... you wont have any problems with the install, however to get the graphics you're gonna want you'll have to download the driver for it.

You should be able to pick it up at emachines site, it will at least tell you the exact type of card that shipped in that model then head to ati.com to pick it up.

Other than that I cant think of anything that would cause you a problem.
Now Mr. TheTechIsIn:
How do I find the CDrom drive. I have made a startup disk so I have the setramd.bat, Ramdrive.sys and the Oakcdrom.sys, findramd..exe, and btdcro.sy files which one do I use

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Just put the Win98 CD in the Cdrom drive and reset the computer...see if the Win98 CD is recognized.
No the indicator blinks and typing setup results in bad commnd or file name. If I type d: it responds with invalid drive spec. I have gone to the emachine site and downloaded the driver. I should copy it to the windows directory I am going to create right? Or do i make a temp directory and load it from there??
 

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I meant put the CDROM disk (Win98) into the cdrom, take out any bootdisks (a:\) and then power down, and then turn back on the system allow it to go through bios and then see if it gives you any options once the cdrom is accessed. Dont take out the cdrom at any point. :)
 

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I am a blockhead I think

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I meant put the CDROM disk (Win98) into the cdrom, take out any bootdisks (a:\) and then power down, and then turn back on the system allow it to go through bios and then see if it gives you any options once the cdrom is accessed. Dont take out the cdrom at any point. :)
Here is what happens.

Boots shows bios statement. Primary Master : Hardisk 3400MB
Secondary Master : Atapi CDROM
Plug and Play ISA Devices:
Crystal CS4235

Searching for Boot Record From CDROM.. Not Found
Searching for Boot Record From Floppy.. Not Found
Searching for Boot Record From IDE-0.. OK

Microsoft Windows 98


C:\> Duh What do I type here d: setup
 

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if the CD dosnt autoboot, then you should have a Win98 Install floppy that came with the CD insert that into the drive and restart the computer.
 

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if the CD dosnt autoboot, then you should have a Win98 Install floppy that came with the CD insert that into the drive and restart the computer.
DID THAT. THE MACHING THEN GOES THROUGH THE SEQUENCE AND LEAVES ME WITH A C: PROMPT. I THEN TYPED SETUP AND GOT BAD COMMAND OR FILE NAME. THEN I TYPED D:\SETUP AND GOT CDR101 NOT READY READING DRIVE D
ABORT RETRY IGNORE.
 
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I think your Win98 version is an upgrade.

Insert your Win98 boot disk that you created.

Boot up into the bios by hitting the proper key when prompted to enter setup.

You need to change your boot sequence in the bios to boot to floppy first. Then save and exit.

Now boot up and choose start with CD Rom support.

Insert the 98 CD in the drive.

If your CD Rom comes up as E select E: then enter.

Type setup up then enter.

You will need a CD of a previous version of Windows when the setup asks for it.

Your CD Rom will show up as E because of the ramdrive.

Sorry TTII I was typing while you posted.
 

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By George I think I've got it

rw_n_Tex said:
DID THAT. THE MACHING THEN GOES THROUGH THE SEQUENCE AND LEAVES ME WITH A C: PROMPT. I THEN TYPED SETUP AND GOT BAD COMMAND OR FILE NAME. THEN I TYPED D:\SETUP AND GOT CDR101 NOT READY READING DRIVE D
ABORT RETRY IGNORE.
I know I am gonna crash and burn cause windows told me that I still had an operating system even after I fdisk(ed) and formatted the drive. :|
 

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Fingers Crossed on Cyrix

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I think your Win98 version is an upgrade.

Insert your Win98 boot disk that you created.

Boot up into the bios by hitting the proper key when prompted to enter setup.

You need to change your boot sequence in the bios to boot to floppy first. Then save and exit.

Now boot up and choose start with CD Rom support.

Insert the 98 CD in the drive.

If your CD Rom comes up as E select E: then enter.

Type setup up then enter.

You will need a CD of a previous version of Windows when the setup asks for it.

Your CD Rom will show up as E because of the ramdrive.

Sorry TTII I was typing while you posted.
Is this processor that much different then pentium?? And what did the statement mean that even after I fdisked and formatted C: that I still had an operating system? The only files I found on the C: drive were command.com.
 

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By the Way Speedo

SPEEDO said:
I think your Win98 version is an upgrade.

Insert your Win98 boot disk that you created.

Boot up into the bios by hitting the proper key when prompted to enter setup.

You need to change your boot sequence in the bios to boot to floppy first. Then save and exit.

Now boot up and choose start with CD Rom support.

Insert the 98 CD in the drive.

If your CD Rom comes up as E select E: then enter.

Type setup up then enter.

You will need a CD of a previous version of Windows when the setup asks for it.

Your CD Rom will show up as E because of the ramdrive.

Sorry TTII I was typing while you posted.
I do happen to have a copy of win 2000 professional.
 
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