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Win98 won't boot from startup disk

By jewelfordscott ·
I swapped hard drives (master to slave and vice versa) on a Win98 machine. Though the computer recognized the swap, suddenly the files in Windows 98 (Himem.sys, and a few others got corrupted. The machine will not boot up from the emergency disk at all, will not allow me to run setup to correct the problem. What should I do? I don't have a problem with reformatting the drive if that is what I have to do.

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to Win98 won't boot from sta ...

Your windows98 emergency disk if undamaged should always be able to boot the system. The boot disk is basically just a dos structure with generic cdrom support.

1) Check your Bios and make sure you have boot from floppy active as first option, then cdrom support second and finally your harddisk.

2) If this gets you to operational state your away, if not try and find a friend that has a windows98 emergency disk. Last option is to obtain a boot disk for www.bootdisk.com .

**If all this fails, you may just have to restore your system through a complete format and re-install.

regards
rick

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by jewelfordscott In reply to Win98 won't boot from sta ...

Thanks Rick, I forgot to mention that I can no longer get to the C:>. What now?

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by Sue T In reply to Win98 won't boot from sta ...

A couple of things to try before you reformat. Have you tried swapping the drives back to the way they used to be? Double check that the pins are jumpered right on the drives and that they are connected in the right order on the ribbon cable. Did you run Fdisk to see if both drives show up and if it is marked as active and primary?

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by TheChas In reply to Win98 won't boot from sta ...

Was either drive set up with the floppy disk utility provided by the drive manufacture?

If so, you cannot simply swap the drives around as the utility needs to be on the boot sector of the master drive on IDE 0.

I wonder if your emergency disk is an actual boot disk.

What you need is a W98 startup disk.
You can create 1 on ANY running W98 PC from the add/remove programs menu.

Or, you can download a boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
or www.madboot.com

Chas

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