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FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

By swat3commander ·
I got a big time problem on my hands and I been trying and trying all night and few hours today. I got Dell OptiPlex GX1 Pentium II 350MHz 128MB RAM,4GB-Hard drive,CD-ROM: Yes (speed unknown),Floppy,Ports: Parallel, Dual 9 Pin Serial, PS/2, 2 USB, VGA, Network Interface(Ethernet), and Sound ,Model: DCM.

My partition is active and it says from the fdisk/status 100% useage I done that right and formated it right. Now unable to get this to start installing new windows 98 second edition.

It says Device driver not found 'OEMCD001'
NO Valid CDROM device driver selected, Now what do I do, Ramdrive keeps loading on dos screen D so my cdrom drive is d or e still nothing. Yes I got 2 boot disk one I made from this computer and the other whichcame with windows 98 se box.

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by TheChas In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

With the hardware you have, the standard W98 startup disk should have the correct driver for your CD drive.

Is the drive recognized by the BIOS?

If not, make sure that the cables are properly connected, and that the jumpers on the drives are set correctly.

The CD drive might be bad. If I have any question about a CD drive, I just throw in another drive and see if that takes care of the problem.

2 other options for you:

Use the boot disk from www.madboot.com
It has support for more CD drives.

Mount the hard drive in another PC and copy the Windows CD to the drive.
Use C:\Win98 or a similar folder name.
Then, place the drive back into the Dell, boot up, browse to the folder and run setup.

Chas

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by swat3commander In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

I found the problem on the night I ask for help here, all along it was just my slave drive not enable in the bios for the cd-rom which was sony thanks for your help

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by zlitocook In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

Dell GX1 has had at least one bios upgrade if Thechas answer will not work. Try updating the bios and rebooting. Also try making the CDROM the slave to the hard drive and resetting the bios jumper. Some Dells are picky, unplug every thing, reset theBios jumper then reconnect one at a time to see if the Bios will locate all the drives you are using.

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by swat3commander In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

Yea that was the problem all alone and I forgot all about it did not even think about the slave being disbale in the bios. About dell upgrade naa I stay with what I got.thanks for your help

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by fred07 In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

Hi,
Every so often I run accross a CD ROM that will not install windows on first run.
I have had to use an old 2X cd rom to install and then re hook the cabling to original.
I just set the old one on top of case with just the powerand IDE cable pluged in.
I hope this helps.
fred

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by swat3commander In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

Thanks but slave was not enable

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by dmiles In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

Click on Start --> Run, type "sysedit" and click on OK.
In the config.sys you should have a line that reads similar to:

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\XXXXX.SYS /D:MSCD000.


Depending what CD-ROM drive model you have it will say something different in place of the "XXXXX."
Make sure you have the MSCDEX.exe file on the boot disk

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by swat3commander In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

No windows to click on the harddrive was formated and ready for an OS to be install, that's where my problem was could not get anything running, But later on that night when I ask help here I figure it out it was just the slave drive not enable for the cd-rom thanks anyway

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by Quaint_Data In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

suggest you put in your bootup floppy and your 98 cd then reboot, see if windows detects the cdrom by beginning the install. Regards Quaint

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by swat3commander In reply to FDISK,FORMAT,INSTALL

Yea someone gave me a site which was really great from another message board with this link, http://www.madboot.com/ I download there bootdisk program and it comes packed with other stuff to do like format install xp or win 95,nt etc. It was useful but all that time my problem just was the slave drive. This program help me out kinda because it said it detected harddrive but cd-rom was not detected.

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