Yes, I know it is ancient...but he is not very wealthy.
Moving right along...
I recently ordered a WDC Caviar SE 80 GB HDD at 7,200 RPMs to replace his freaking ancient Seagate 3 GB HDD at 4,200 RPMs. The drive works fine in my system, and in his once formatted.
Here's the problem though. I cannot, under any circumstances, get this system to boot from the CD-ROM. I've tried both his drives and they simply will not boot a Windows 2000 Professional w/ SP4 CD-ROM. I've made sure the first boot device is the CD-ROM but it doesn't make any difference. The system just ignores the CD and boots right into Windows 98.
I've tried other optical drives as well, including my Sony DVD-ROM which boots the same CD fine in my system. I've even tried replacing IDE cables.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Never tried this but it might work. Using your PC, load the first part of the setup of W2K on the 80 Gig. At the first prompt asking you to remove CD and reboot, shut down the PC instead. Then take the 80 Gig and plug it into the 400. When W2K starts up, it should detect all the devices for the computer.
sorry folks, back in the day you needed a boot disk to allow the system to get the cd to see the info needed to install the system. Yes this is before a multi boot cmos when you needed a 3.5 disk to boot from. Good news is that there are alot of places to get said disk and all will be good.
sounds like there isnt any boot.ima files on the disk. You followed the procedure correctly, putting cd-rom as your first boot proirty. That's usually all it takes. Considering everything is in working order. Follow this link :http://tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=297
follow the procedure there, it's rather simple. Make sure you have Nero that has a menu options to make boot files on disks. Some Nero's dont.
Mike, when I got my ASUS P4P800SE Motherboard from http://www.newegg.com the same thing happened to me. I sat there for hours getting p**sed off wondering what was wrong. I went to bios and set CD-ROM as boot priority #1 and just to make sure pressed F8 @ startup and clicked on CD-ROM on the boot menu. Every stinkin time the computer would skip the CD-ROM and try to enter windows. Finally I went to the bios and not only set the CD-ROM as first boot priority but I also went ahead and disabled the rest for the time being. THat worked like a charm and I was able to install windows from there.
Hey Mike, It sometimes happens that some computers do not recognize the boot disc. Even I have a bootable disc, which my desktop recognizes, but laptop just ignores it. Try using some other bootable disc. It might work.
You may try either of the below options.
1) Create one more copy of the Windows 2000 Professional w/ SP4 CD. And try to boot with this new disc.
2) Create a windows 98 dos bootable disc (either CD / floppy) and boot with it. Then Put the win2k CD and start the setup from the dos prompt. DOS setup consumes around 30mins of extra time as it copies all the setup files to hard disk and then starts the setup.
A littel note for you. I also suggest using a win98 boot disk. If you can't creat one download it from http://www.bootdisk.com and make sure you pick CDrom support. at a: prompt change to the CDrom drive
most likely R: or S: but make a note of it. It will tell you the drive letter. at the cdrom prompt
type "i386" then type "winnt" this will start the setup program.
P.S If the CDrom is really old you may have a problem with the drivers
The thing is tired right? I did not notice if the question was asked... Could the cdrom drive have expired???
I like the suggestions about getting a 98 restore / boot material onto floppy's and see what that does fdisk it ect ect. You are a gentleman for helping your elder's... good luck
Hi there,I had exactly the same problems as Michael, and after much searching found your site :o). I tried all options and the last one was to disable all other boots, leaving cdrom as the only alternative. For some reason this didnt work either saying it was an invalid drive. This got my brain cells working i can tell you (all two of them!!) I also have a DVD drive and as the last resort inserted my disc there and hey presto! it is now, as we speak, installing XP.
Hope this works the same for michael, or anyone else with the same problem.
Thanks for all your help
I'm having the same problem, but with XP, and I've tried absolutely everything that has been suggested, but I'm still not able to boot from the disk drive. Anything else short of chucking it out the window?
Create a bootable floppy with the Oak Technologies driver for CDROM drives or add the Oak technologies driver yourself. Help on how to do this may be found here: http://www.computerhope.com/boot.htm
Restart the computer and boot from the floppy. Oak will assign appropriate drive letters to each optical drive found (the next letter(s) available after B). Simply type, <letter>:\setup.exe (replacing <letter> with the appropriate letter) to start the install process. For instance, type "D:\setup.exe" if the drive letter is D and hit enter.
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There are 6 different sets of the boot disks! XP Home, Home SP1, Home SP2. Pro, Pro SP1 Pro SP2. You need to look at your disk and figure which one it is. Then download the 6 floppys for that OS. It won't work if you have the wrong set. That will install the files needed to do the installation plus drivers for the CD. If it still won't install then your CD is trash or your CDROM is bad. Check the CD for dirt. If you did a partial then zero fill the drive again before starting over. You really shouldn't need the floppys unless the board is really old. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310994