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By deerek11 ·
I have a dell Dimension I am trying to run windows 98 on it I have a windows 98 second. edition boot disk. I have fdisk the drive and formatted it also but when I use the boot disk and choose start computer with cd-rom support or start windows98 setup from cd it hangs up in the process of loading the drivers for the cd rom in dos, "AIC-6260/6360/6370 ASPI Manger for dos" this is where it get hung up, also I tried a new IDE cable and then I move the cd rom and piggy back it with the hard drive and it still hangs up, can you help me with this issue please??

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by maxwell edison In reply to Booting up with CD-Rom Su ...

Greetings,

It's most likely hanging up attempting to load drivers for devices it detected. Try removing the unnecessary devices, such as sound cards, modems, network cards, scanners, printers, etc., and just install Windows with the "bare bones" minimum devices. After Windows installation is completed, install those devices one-by-one.

This is one possibility, but certainly something to try.

Regards,

Maxwell

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by dmiles In reply to Booting up with CD-Rom Su ...

If you have a WIN95 or Win98 startup disk use it to run setup,it will have the necessary system files to load with cd-rom support.

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by jsmart In reply to Booting up with CD-Rom Su ...

This is very likely a problem having to do with the generic CD-ROM drivers that the boot disk (and meanwhile make sure that your boot disk is, in fact, the "Windows 98 Start-Up Disk") loads so that your CD-ROM will function at the MS-DOS level whenthe Windows 98 GUI is not available.
Probably due mainly to a shortage of space on a floppy disk, these generic drivers will work with most, BUT NOT ALL, CD-ROM drives. If your CD-ROM is one of the drives that these generic drivers will NOT work with, you would be getting a message similar to the one you mention.
As the READ ME file on the start-up (boot) disk explains, "...not all CD-ROM drives are supported (by the generic drivers the ASPI manager loads). If your CD-ROM drive is one of the drives that does not function with these drivers, then you must use the drivers that came with your CD-ROM drive."
It seems very possible that THIS may be the problem, and thus by using the drivers that originally came with the CD-ROM drive, in place of of the generic drivers included with the start-up (boot)disk (they are the five files that begin with ASPI...), you will perhaps finally be able to start the computer in DOS mode with cd-rom support, successfully.

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by diskaus In reply to Booting up with CD-Rom Su ...

If all else fails I would lowlevel format, fdisk,format,scandisk, then reload windows that way it gets rid of all remenants of bad files or part files , make sure all cables are in properly and be sure that the red tracer wire is at pin 1, you can get the necessary program for lowlevel formatting from the HDD manufacturers website.
good luck

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by Geek2D In reply to Booting up with CD-Rom Su ...

First make sure you setup your IDE drives as master on the primary and secondary controlers. HD-Master-Primary CD-Master-Secondary leave off and other IDE devices for now. Then get the latest BIOS from Dell and install it. Then go in to the BIOS using Delete or F2, I forget whitch one for the Dimension. Check to see that both of the drives are detected. If not set the BIOS to auto detect them. Check the boot order and set it to Floppy then CD then Hard Drive. Put in the CD and leave the floppy out. save and exit. the pc will reboot and find the cd and give you the option to boot from it, that should work.

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