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Before you go and buy anything... lets rule out this: Is the CD bootable, Windows ME Upgrade and Windows 98SE is not bootable off the CD. FYI :)

The Fdisk report you gave indicates that your drive is no longer formated correctly ie it does not contain a standard Fat16 or Fat32. You will need to reformat the drive.
 

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which 1 cdrom or HD?
... Thats points off for a sentence fragment... :) (I heard that from my curse of a English Teacher all through collage..dosnt that just piss you off when someone points out something so stupid.) :)

What is the rest of the question? If you mean format which one then the answers your HD.

But just to see if your cdroms working follow SPEEDO'S advice, put your Win98 startup disk in your A drive, boot the system, choose the option to start with CD-Rom Support, watch the screen to see what/if your cdrom drive is assigned a letter, if it is put in any cdrom disk, change to that drive and run a "Dir" command and see if the CD is being read. If it is then you don't need to replace or remove you CDROM. :)
 

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Welcome back to the boards JAMMAN, I'm sure my copy of Win98SE is not bootable, I just tried it to make sure before I had to put my foot in my mouth and admit I was wrong... but alas - not bootable, it comes with a boot-disk.. maybe its the version or release of the CD I have, or the fact that its the full version and not the upgrade don't know, oh well...

ibelimb, I wasn't trying to say you were stupid if it was me you were talking to, I was just going down the list of things you could do step by step,.. I had know way of knowing your level of computer experience and wanted to make sure you were doing the right things in the right order in an attempt to get things working again. Sorry if I offended you, but its safer to explain things step by step than just assume the person knows what your talking about. :(

But if your getting that error when booting off a boot disk then chances are the CDROM is shot.
 

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Ok, that could be maybe I have the upgrade version and not the full version then...its possible.. I just know the one I got does not boot, and hopefully isn't defective. :)

I have so many versions of Microsoft OS products its hard to know for sure, I have definitely added to their profit margin having purchased every Dos version from 3.0 to windows 3.0 to Win95 then 98, 98SE, Me , win2000, XP.... If Microsoft sold it I bought it (or got it from a friend) :) (Is that a good thing or a bad thing??):confused:
 

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Dos 3.0? wooaaa u must be ancient!
I believe this version was out around '87-88??

I had it on my brand new, fully state of the art Turbo XT 8088 5-10MHZ with 640k and a whopping 20MegHD and CGA Color. :tongue2:

That machine could play a mean game of Basketball, and Railroad tycoon (The original) that was a game! :)


Also.. Not that old :D Age is all in your head. :|
 
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