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#1 Keith2556

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 06:13 PM

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My friend bought the above laptop for his grandson (aged 7) to use. But, when he brought it to me to see what it had on it it booted up to the C:\ prompt having displayed the Windows 98 logo. I read the previous post on the subject and saw that all the ideas i have already had have been suggested. This machine won't acknowledge the cd drive, so I can't install any version of windows!!!!

Would it be likely to acknowledge a usb FDD if i plugged it in and loaded DOS 6.2 then tried to edit the autoexec and config.sys files to recognise the cd?? Also, as there are no disca with this laptop whatsoever, will just putting in the command line mscdex etc tell it what to do? I figure if I can get DOS on it then I can load windows. I have 3 98 startup discs (on floppy) and the full thing on cd, but I need to be able to access the CD drive first, obviously.

I get the feeling that this could cost me quite a bit and my mate would not want to pay much. Any suggestions would be most gratefully received.

When I type the dir command I get: Volume in drive c has no label
Volume serial number is 364B-19F1
Directory of C:\

COMMAND COM 93.890 04-23-99 10:22p
1 file(s) 93,890 bytes
0 dir(s) 2,162,925,568 bytes free

This leads me to believe it has been formatted or fdisk-ed, but the windows 98 setup has stayed in the bios memory.
I have rest the bios to boot from cd first, rather than the HDD, but it can't if it doesn't recognise the CD ( Bleeping Computer is doing my head in)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted 18 July 2007 - 07:31 PM

Download an ME bootdisk from bootdisk.com It will have generic CD drivers on it
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Posted 18 July 2007 - 08:44 PM

Here is the the original boot file for 98. toscdrom.exe
Here is the Toshiba link on how to boot all Teca model Toshiba notebooks. How to boot your Toshiba PC from CD-ROM, LAN, or diskette
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 05:07 AM

Thanks guys, but I can only download these drivers onto my own computer, I can't transfer them across to the laptop, because it won't recognise anything except the C:\ drive.

It hasn't the usb drivers either to recognise my usb FDD, and it doesn't appear to have an ethernet card so i can't connect that way......

Am I stuffed?????? (Or am i just thick?)

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I don't like to think it's getting the better of me, but am i going to have to admit defeat?

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 05:15 AM

Keith you will have to burn the files to a CD.
Have you looked in the BIOS to see how the boot order is set? Are you sure the CD is set to boot before the hard drive? According to the link you may not be able to boot the USB drive. As old as that computer is I would bet Not.
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 10:27 AM

Acklan,

Yup, you're right, it won't boot from the usb floppy drive. I've tried burning the files from the floppy on this comp to a cd, but it doesn't seem to make any difference.
I've changed the boot preference in the BIOS to cd-rom then hdd, and even pressed c on power up, but it just goes back to the c:\ prompt with a load of c's after it!!! GRRR!

Somewhere along the line, it would appear the burn is not making the cd a bootable disc. I've looked everywhere for the right way to do it, but Vista won't help. Would it make a difference if i used a computer with XP on it instead do you think?

I know what i'm trying to do, the stupid thing just won't let me......

I refuse to be beaten, there must be a way. And i'm dammed if i'll let an inanimate object get the better of me, but so far all the battles are going the wrong way. The war isn't over yet!!!!

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 09:38 PM

Try using CDBurnerXP to create a bootable cd. It is very easy to use.
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 10:20 PM

That series of tecra laptop was unable to boot from cd. the windows ME boot floppy could recognize the toshiba cdrom, and allow the files on it to be run.

1 boot with the windows me or windows 98 floppy, depending on which os originally came with the laptop, once you have the A:\ prompt, change to the C Drive:

2 CD\C:\

3 type {X:}dir /w at the c prompt, and find the setup program where X is the actual drive letter assigned to the CD ROM

4 type {X:setup}, enter and see if the re installation starts.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 06:18 AM

That series of tecra laptop was unable to boot from cd. the windows ME boot floppy could recognize the toshiba cdrom, and allow the files on it to be run.

1 boot with the windows me or windows 98 floppy, depending on which os originally came with the laptop, once you have the A:\ prompt, change to the C Drive:

2 CD\C:\

3 type {X:}dir /w at the c prompt, and find the setup program where X is the actual drive letter assigned to the CD ROM

4 type {X:setup}, enter and see if the re installation starts.

That's the problem Brother, he does not have floppy built into that computer.

Keith can you change to the CD drive's directory? Enter D:\ at the C:\> prompt. If it will try typing setup.exe with the ME CD. f it shows the CD in the BIOS maybe the BIOS is enabling the CD just not booting to it.
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Posted 20 July 2007 - 07:32 AM

That's the problem Brother, he does not have floppy built into that computer.

I didn't see that or I wouldn't have posted my response
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Posted 20 July 2007 - 09:23 AM

It's no biggie.
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Posted 20 July 2007 - 12:20 PM

Sorry!! I assumed. all the ones that I have worked on had an internal floppy and cd. I have never been able to get any one of them to boot from cd.
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Posted 20 July 2007 - 01:28 PM

Like on desktop computers the BIOS battery needs replacing from time to time.
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