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Old 04-19-2007, 11:43 PM
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im trying to get this old closet beast up and running for a local member that had to sell his computer... i threw in a 20 gig drive, but cant get it booted with any of my CD'*...

i have tried, Windows 98, ME and 2000 and used my western digital hard drive setup disc

i keep getting the error:

NTLDR is missing

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If that is the error you are getting, then you are not booting from the CD-ROM, but rather the hard disk... and that disk has/had a version of NT on it. You need to change default boot to be CD-ROM
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Go to bootdisk.com, and make a Win 98 bootdisk
boot with it, fdisk, yes for large drive support, partition, reset, format C: and try after that. It should work.
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And then after that.... better go ahead and load DOS 6.0.

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If that is the error you are getting, then you are not booting from the CD-ROM, but rather the hard disk... and that disk has/had a version of NT on it. You need to change default boot to be CD-ROM
if the bios is showing that the CD is the primary, then how do i switch it in this bios?
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Originally Posted by Bonneville94V688
Go to bootdisk.com, and make a Win 98 bootdisk
boot with it, fdisk, yes for large drive support, partition, reset, format C: and try after that. It should work.
I think that he has already tried to boot the system with bootable CDs. I'm thinking that the system is not set up to boot from CD-ROM (probably doing an ALT-P for another page or two in the BIOS will reveal a boot order menu).

Do you agree?
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If that is the error you are getting, then you are not booting from the CD-ROM, but rather the hard disk... and that disk has/had a version of NT on it. You need to change default boot to be CD-ROM
if the bios is showing that the CD is the primary, then how do i switch it in this bios?
It'* showing it as the primary IDE device, not the primary boot device. Look for an option in your BIOS called "Boot order", or something along those lines.
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If that is the error you are getting, then you are not booting from the CD-ROM, but rather the hard disk... and that disk has/had a version of NT on it. You need to change default boot to be CD-ROM
if the bios is showing that the CD is the primary, then how do i switch it in this bios?
Doesn't matter if it is primary or secondary. What matters is the default boot order. If you ALT+P a couple of pages down, you will probably see a boot order menu.
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thanks! brain fart

at the blue install screen now
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That'* what I usually do. I go to CMOS, set the floppy as the primay boot device, and the cd-rom as the second. Then I create a 98 boot disk for the fdisk command, delete/create a new partition with large disk support, then reboot and begin with the XP (or whatever OS you have) cd.

It looks like with your version of CMOS there, you ALT-p for the next page to find the boot sequence.
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