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Laptop will not boot

By Red Dragoon ·
My client has an old Trogon laptop, from I would say 1998 or so. It had Windows 98 (not SE) and a 2G or 4G hard drive. The hard drive was going bad, and the floppy drive was destroying disks. So I bought another Fujitsu 6G hard drive and an externalUSB floppy drive. The laptop comes up fine, and I can go into BIOS to see that the cd-rom, floppy, and hard drive are detected. I want to boot to either the cd or disk to install an OS, but even if I set the boot order in the BIOS, the only message I end up with is "Operating System no found."

What am I doing wrong?!

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by highlander718 In reply to Laptop will not boot

If the boot order is saved, my only guess would be that the system floppy disk you are trying to use is damaged. As of booting from a CD, that doesn't work all the time, if the CD driver is not loaded, even if you can see the CD in BIOS

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by Red Dragoon In reply to Laptop will not boot

The light for the floppy disk doesn't even come on.

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by TheChas In reply to Laptop will not boot

I don't believe that the W98 CD was bootable.

The simplest thing to do, is to take the drive back out,
connect it to a working PC.
System the drive.
(sys ) (assuming the drive is in the working PC)
Or format /s (this switch on the format command transfers the system files)
Make sure you use a W98 boot disk, or are on a W98 system for either option.

Then, create a folder on the drive (I use Windows\options or W9
and copy the CD there.
(I also copy any drivers, updates, and utilities that I plan to install. Makes installations run quicker, as you don't need to keep swapping CDs. Also, files copy faster from HDD than from CD.)

Place the drive back into the notebook.

The system will now boot to the C: drive.
You can then browse to the folder where you copied the W98 CD, and run setup from there.

Chas

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by Red Dragoon In reply to Laptop will not boot

The laptop doesn't even try to boot from the cd or floppy. It goes straight from the screen that lists the processor and all that to the 'Operating System Not Found'. This is a drive for a laptop; I cannot connect it to a working PC.

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by MachineType In reply to Laptop will not boot

TheChas is right, that will work. If you go to your local computer hardware store you can get an adapter to connect the laptop hard drive to an ide cable for about $30.
This is a link an adapter for this, scroll down the page a little, they are selling it with a laptop harddrive but you can buy it sepretly and it will work with yours.
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/laptopsforless/tosmk1814gap.html

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by MachineType In reply to Laptop will not boot

Make sure to remove the spaces in the link once you paste it to your address bar.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to Laptop will not boot

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by smmurphy In reply to Laptop will not boot

You said in your message that in BIOS you can see the floppy, but is it the correct one? If the internal floppy is the one showing in your BIOS and the boot disk is in the USB external, the system is not going to find the OS.

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by Reotech In reply to Laptop will not boot

I use a USB floppy and I can't boot from it. I believe USB drives will not list as the "A" drive. Try connecting a FDD via the parallel port. This method is used for Compaq laptops. Also the notebook to IDE adapter mentioned works great for ghosting a drive if you laptop does not support two HDD. I use 2 adapters and connect the old notebook and the new notebook drives into a pc and just ghost for HDD upgrades. CDW has a pretty good adapter for $14, just bought 2 news a couple of days ago.

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