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Re-installing Windows '95

I reformatted the Dell Inspiron 2200 and reinstalled Windows 95 but it didn't load the perpherials like the cd/dvd and usb ports so I can't continue installing the software and upgrading???

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  • irish45792 Nov 08, 2008

    I reformatted the drive by starting it from a 3 1/2 disk with CD support which must have loaded a temp cd because after restarting there was no cd drive. How would I enable in the usb in the Bios? Also I did install Windows '95 with USB support feature. Windows 95 is installed but I have ? in all my Perpherial setting. This is a laptop I'm trying to fix up for my granddaughter. I have reformatted many hard drives without ever having this problem so I'm thoroughly confused!!!

    Thank you for your help!!!

  • irish45792 Nov 08, 2008

    Thank You!!!

  • irish45792 Nov 08, 2008

    I brought up the BIOS and the USB seems to be enabled. When I go to Device Manager the is an Exclimaination Point in The PCI IDE Controller and says there is a conflict which I don't know hoe to resolve. There are all ? marks in the Other Devices which are the PCI Card, etc...

    Thank you again!

  • irish45792 Nov 08, 2008

    Right now my network configuration is empty.

  • irish45792 Nov 08, 2008

    Yes, you have been very helpful and I have to buckle down and try all your suggestions! The trouble is I have nonw of the disk that came with the computer so is there a better way of wiping clear the hard drive and reloading the system? I want to installl the Windows XP but have to go through the Windows '95, 98 then the Windows XP.

    Again, thank you!!!

  • irish45792 Nov 08, 2008

    Thank you for the step by step as that is so helpful! I have to do it another day as I have to get back to doing other things around the house! But again, I thank you so very, very much for your help!

    Have a good week-end!

  • irish45792 Nov 12, 2008

    Thank you for all your help with working this week, I haven't had the chance to work on the computer!!!

    Have a great evening!

    Mary Jo Borneman



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Check your bios settings for the usb ports they may be disabled in the bios. Enable them.

Your CD Drive should have been enabled if it allowed you to run windows 95.

Check your make and model numbers for the hard ware that you need to run and post back a comment and I will see what drivers I can find for you.

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  • Debs
    Debs Nov 08, 2008

    when you restart the laptop press either F2, F1 or delete depending on which your bios is set. Try F2 first. If it goes into bios then look for usb support. Make sure that it is enabled, then press f10 to save and exit and restart your computer. I will look for drivers for your laptop and get back to you.

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    Debs Nov 08, 2008

    if you are connected to the internet on the laptop then go to this link
    and then click on. or just click on the blue link below. It will check the laptop for drivers that are needed or outdated.
    Click here to Update All Your PCs Outdated Drivers

    hope this helps

  • Debs
    Debs Nov 08, 2008

    It sounds like you need to reinstall the chipset drivers for your laptop in order for everything to be recognised. If you have not go the chipset program then go to here

    and click on contact, and ask them for chipset drivers. There is a link on the page to downlaod chipset drivers but these are specifically for XP. If you let them know that you are running windows 95 they should be able to guide you on resolving your problem.

    In the mean time try right clicking on the question marks individually and click on properites and click on update driver to see if this helps. If not you definatley need the chipset drivers that are avaiable on the site above.

    I hope I have been of assistance to you.

  • Debs
    Debs Nov 08, 2008

    No you should be able to do this from a dos disk. (But you may still need the chipset drivers after)

    insert a blank floppy disk, go to 'My computer' right click on floppy and click on format in the options click on create msdos startup disk.

    Once you have done this, eject the floppy and go back into the bios settings and under boot option select floppy 1st cdrom 2nd and harddrive or ide 3rd.

    Then put the disk back into the floppy drive and reboot your machine again.

    This should load the necessary dos files onto your computer to enable you to fdisk and format the harddrive.

    Once the disk has loaded you will have an A:

    Type in fdisk

    This will bring up options to view, delete, create etc....

    You need to delete the existing partition and then press esc.

    Back to the options, now choose create partition and select the c: drive for the partition

    If asked if you want to use all of the space say yes,

    Then the partition will be created,

    If at any time you are asked if you want to enable large disk support say yes.

    Once the disk has been fdisked you will then need to format it,

    reboot again this time when the A: comes up type in format C:

    If asked are you sure you want to do this say yes, when it has finished it will say something about a label or press enter for none, press enter. Then load the cdrom for XP and type in D:setup

    if this does not bring the setup on the screen try just typing in Setup.

    This should start loading windows. If asked if you want to use CDrom support say yes then press enter to start the setup.

    When setup has finished it will restart your computer, make sure you take out the floppy disk before it boots.

    When asked again if you to boot from CD this time do not press anything because it will take you through the whole process again. Just let windows start on its own and then remove the cdrom.

    I hope this helps.

  • Debs
    Debs Nov 08, 2008

    if you can get CDROM to work you can just install XP over 95 it will format the pc for you.



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