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Can't fdisk, please help

By mslaffsalot ·
Long story made short...a friend was given a pc wit a lot of junk on it. She brought it over for me to reformat. I think fdisk and format, right? Wrong! I got a message to change the stacks in config.sys and then it gave me the fdisk screen. I deleted the partition, restarted w/out CD assist, and when you type in a command now. it just sits there and does nothing. PLEASE HELP!!!
Tracey
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Can't fdisk, please help

by smers In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

Try a DOS boot Diskette to start your format/fdisk project.

Good luck-Steve

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by mslaffsalot In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

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by adeshpcs In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

You can boot with a bootable Diskette that has either Win 95/98 OS. Make sure as well that you have the FDISK and FORMAT commands present on the disk.When you see the message Starting Win 95/98 hit the F5 key. This will terminate all startup files. After performing this you should now be able to perform FDISK and Format.

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by mslaffsalot In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

Sorry, F5 did bypass the startup procedure, but I still get no system response at the A:\ prompt.

Tracey
A+, MCP

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by DoubleDown In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

if you have to hit f5, then you aren't booting up from a boot disk.

adjust the bios to boot from floppy and boot from a boot disk (preferably one created from win98) if this doesn't work, you need to figure that out before you are going to be able to fdisk and format.

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by mslaffsalot In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

I have figured out finish fdisk. But now I am getting the error msg,"An internal stack overflow has caused this session to be halted. Change the STACKS setting in your config.sys file, and then try again.
Any tips on how to get to config.sys and change it on an ACER machine?

Thanks,
Tracey
A+, MCP

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by Larrywins In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

At htis point, I can think of 4 possible causes.
1) Virus, make a virus scan disk from a known clean machine and see if you can run it.
2) Bad base memory, depending how old this system is and its configuration, try moving or swapping out the memory.
3) Bad CPU, not much hope for this one but if you happen to have a spare, give it a try.

Hope this helps...

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Can't fdisk, please help

by mslaffsalot In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

I have completed fdisk and now either get this msg,"An internal stack overflow has caused this session to be halted. Change the STACKS setting in your config.sys file, and try again." or it appears to just sit there and do nothing. I'm trying to format and load Win98 on it.
Any clues?
Thanks,
Tracey
A+, MCP

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by xj0 In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

start with a fresh disk. make a startup disk from windows add and remove programs. boot using that floppy . type fdisk /mbr. then fdisk it and format it. if this doesnt work, try and delete all partitions using NT setup disks if you have it. good luck

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Can't fdisk, please help

by xj0 In reply to Can't fdisk, please help

you should not be dealing with config.sys until you actually load the system software

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