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reimaging/deleting all files..

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#1 Ric43224


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Posted 30 July 2005 - 11:37 AM

I currently have two computer systems ( my old windows 98 computer and a computer that my neighbor gave me which have issues). I would like to have access to someone telling me how to navigate a fix. My computer locks up on bootup. I would like to reimage and give to my freind who is losing her sight to use -she had to stop working due to maccular degeneration. She could use it for email with some of the accessibility features and her magnafying instruments. I can not get the bugs worked out of that unit-- It is a Presario.

My neighbor gave me his old HP Brio computer which was used for his business. He set it up with security access and an ethernet connection. How do I wipe everthing off the system and reinstall windows 98? When I attempt to reinstall win 98 it tells me it has a newer verson on the sytem and will not allow me to install. I want to wipe the system clean and restart. How do I do that? I wanted to give this unit to my parents to play around with so they could use internet to email me, etc.

I also do not know how to change the settings from intranet/ethernet to regular moden dial up PC. I tried to install my People PC program install disk and it will not allow me to do so it tells me there is an issue with the port when it tries to access the modem. I added an intermal modem card in addition to keeping the ethernet card in. Do I need to remove the ethernet card?

Also, my parents are retired, on a fixed income and I was wondering if there are any free ISP options for them that would not requrie a long distance dial up. They live in Pennsylvania in a rural area and the services there (even dial up) require a long distance fee to dial in. They live in the 17978 zip code area / 570 area code. I would love to locate a dial up 800 -free/access ISP if one were available. Is there such a thing? I know we can get hotmail for them for free.. it is the ISP that I do not have to resolve.

Thanks for your help! I am truly a novice trying to develop my skills.

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#2 River_Rat


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Posted 30 July 2005 - 03:35 PM

It sounds as though you are trying to reformat.
The easiest way will be to use a bootdisk and FDisk to wipe the drive then reinstall the operating system.

How to create a bootdisk:

How to use FDisk:

If the Modem & Ethernet cards are external PCIA cards then yes remove them to install the OS.
If they are internal then you can leave them in.

Let us know if this doesn't answer your questions.

As for the internet server you can check with company's like:
SBC Yahoo Dialup
A lot of times these company's offer local dialup numbers for these smaller communities.

Edited by River_Rat, 30 July 2005 - 03:49 PM.

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