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windows 98 starts setup, then goes back to command prompt- ?


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#1 caterbro

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 03:28 PM

alright, bleepers- here's a stumper:

I'm trying to install win98 on a Dell 5000e notebook.

I fdisked, formated, made the C: bootable and then copied all the installation files to C:\win98f

i run setup.exe, it performs the system check, and says,

"Please wait while Setup initializes.
Scanning system registry...
Copying files needed for Windows Setup..."

normally, at this point, the setup begins. but this machine just kicks me out to the command line:

C:\WIN98f>

that's it.

any ideas? I've never seen the like. same thing happens with winME, win95, wfw3.11.
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Posted 23 June 2005 - 05:42 PM

Weird. Have you tried running setup from the CD instead of the hard drive?

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 08:50 PM

Why is there an 'f' at the end of your directory name? I'm fairly sure the install process actually wants the cab files to be in <current drive>:\Win98

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 08:57 AM

appreciate the comments, gentlemen(?-gentlethings)- it was bad ram, possibly bad ram slot as well.

I finally made give me an error i recognized, swapped the ram around until the installation worked.

ah so, the divine mysterys of Win9X....:D
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Posted 24 June 2005 - 09:05 AM

Why is there an 'f' at the end of your directory name? I'm fairly sure the install process actually wants the cab files to be in <current drive>:\Win98

nah, doesn't matter what you call the directory- win just needs to know where they are
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Posted 24 June 2005 - 04:35 PM

Thanks for letting us know how you fixed it. :thumbsup:

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