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I just assembled my new computer today and I can''t get Windows 98SE to run. I have gone as far to the point where the hard drive is setting up but it... Froze... I have setup other O.S. with no problems. Any suggestions?

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IF it is a new hard drive make sure that it is formatted to FAT32 (or FAT16 if that''s all you have available) before trying to install Win98. I believe Win98 requires the drive to have a FAT before it will install.

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Its a brand new blank hard drive...

Now how do I get my hard drive formatted for FAT32.

The only computer I have now is running Win ME.

This is not as easy as it appears when your computer doesn''t respond to your screaming and thrashing!

I AM USING WINDOWS 98SE FULL EDITION! not upgrade!

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restard your computer with windows 98 in the cd rom. When the machine is starting up look for a message that says somthing like "press any key to load from cd..." if you see it, press any key! If you dont see that message your bios boot order might be set up to skip your cd rom and go to your hard drive. In which case you'll need to get into your bios to change your boot order.

Bios menus vary from computer to computer so I am not sure how to get into yours it is usually esc or F2 or somthing like that. There should be a message that pops up when booting telling you the key to press.

once you get the cd to load while starting up you should be able to install and with a little looking you'll see how to reformat your computer with the correct file system.

Hope that helped some!
Goodluck!

edit: If what he says about 98 having to have fat to begin the install you might have to take out hard drive and format it on your working pc... I'm assuming you know how to do that?



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[edited by - tstrimp on July 4, 2003 1:28:48 AM]

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first, are you sure all components of your new system are compatible with Win98?

second, make a boot disk then boot from the disk and run fdisk. I would suggest FAT32 for the HD format, with FAT16 you''ll have a lower capacity and Win98 is fully compatible with FAT32.

or ...


if (new_computer == still_does_not_work)
go_and_buy_linux = NOW;





hope something here helped

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I think the problem is the hard drive is not responding to the fromatting part of Windows 98 Setup, Everything is fine but IT DOES NOT RESPOND WHEN FORMATTING OR ACCESSING THE HARD DRIVE.

I will try more this weekend and send the hard drive back or get someone who knows about installing O.S.es.

I have installed Win ME and Red Hat Linux with no problem but Win 98 is a stubbern... I may be blaming the wrong product.

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One more thing... is your hard drive set to master?



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then do what I told you, use FDISK

what brand is the hard-drive (size?), what interface ATA-66/100/133, SATA.

Goto your drives manufacturers website and download their utilities, they can check the drive for damage and some of their tools are very useful.

btw, sorry if this is way off but it does take time to format a hard drive. Depending on the size and speed of your comp. What exactly do you mean by "it does not respond"?

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another thing, which IDE channel are you using? Probably doesn''t matter.

if you have a single drive, I believe you have to put it on the end of the IDE cable. Might be wrong on this one,

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