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Cannot restore Operating System files to Averatec 5110p,DVDfail?

Unit crashed OPsys first, got Knoppix bootable CD to run fine for awhile, but one day, would no longer boot from CD. Tried to install Linux on hard drive-failed; managed to get DOS Command.com&Win98 screen on C: drive, but won't do anything more. Can't get unit to recognize D:drive(DVDplayer/burner) No luck with external DVD burner/player with USB entry; No luck with Linux boot on USB memory chip either. Installed A:drive with USB connect-would not recognize in SetUp. No way to install parallel A:drive, lacking ports.
Finally got another old hard drive that came from a laptop and looked similar to present one, running Linux. Installed this hard drive and booted to Linux, but could not recall password nor use this version of Linux. Do not know much about Linux, having run only Knoppix with X-Windows on this machine before when it worked properly.
Tried to remove DVD player to get new one, but could not find method to get it out. Got all screws out of bottom of laptop, but DVD would not come out. Put unit back together successfully, losing only one screw to bottom. Unit ran as before, booting C:, not recognizing D:
Baffled at moment, suspect issue with DVD still. C: only has command.com, can not figure out how to install any more DOS files. Was going to try USB link from another laptop, but doubt it will work, as USB chips not working. Struggled with this machine before but forgot what I did. I think I got it to fdisk and put Win98 partial, but not able to restore with orginal Averatec restore disks, which it won't recognize. SetUP works shows mem & hard drives OK.

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    John Ballou Nov 17, 2008

    Sorry I failed to make it clear. I can't get the laptop to boot on any CD. I got into the Setup by using F2 and by using F12 to change the boot order and the multi boot capabiliity, but it will not boot on the CD. It had booted to a Knoppix CD and ran successfully for months, but would not do that anymore and now boots only the hard drive, showing Command.com as only file. I may have tried to install Win98 to get that, possibly using laplink, but right now I can't do anything but what was accomplished above. I think the original DVD/CD is bad, but I can't get out and I am not sure that some controller to it or just a missing driver is the issue. Again, I lack fluency in Linux so I can't use that to diagnose the hardware. I am determined not to resort to taking this laptop to some repair facility for some outrageous diagnostic testing and repair costs, hoping to get some help here online from experts such as the one who has helped so far. Thank YOU!

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    John Ballou Nov 17, 2008

    Changing boot order is not working, as per my commet above. I cannot get the computer to boot on anything but the hard drive that belongs in it, booting to a partial DOS of WIN98(w.command.com file only) OR another hard drive that contains Linux. In DOS, the D: drive is not valid, and an A:drive added via USB is not valid either.

  • John Ballou
    John Ballou Nov 17, 2008

    Already tried format c: and get bad command reply. Only DOS command that works is DIR, which shows Command.com as only file. fdisk and other commands won't work either. Thanks!

  • John Ballou
    John Ballou Nov 17, 2008

    Thank you so much for helping me with a problem that has plagued me for some time! The secret to your solution was : ??try to reinstall the OS with 2 or 3 times. It will be OK.? The Restore disks finally worked fine and now I have a brand new computer! You have saved me $$$$! Thank You!
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Hi,

An alternative; why force the issue? If the laptop will only boot on the HD C:, why not make C fully bootable with DOS. Remove the HD in question from the laptop, fit it to a 2.5 IDE/SATA to USB adapter; hook the combo to a USB port of another PC running Win98SE, parition/format FAT32, copy 98 installers to a temporary directory. Remove, install in laptop, boot, install 98.

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Sir/madam,

Your OS is corrupt. U need not worry about the dvd player. If the OS is corrupt u need not play the dvd drive, usb all the things and the DVD-ROM is not to open. So don't worry that other things. First try to repair the OS with your original cd's. if the original cd is also corrupt, try to reinstall the OS with 2 or 3 times. It will be OK. If it is not worked? u need to connect the other laptop of ur drive and ghost the OS. Try to repair / reinstall with connecting other laptop harddrives. Better to Install windows XP.

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This should work when ur in the dos set up type as follows format C: chose y one the next and continue with y till the who computer is empty then put the cd in the cd drive hit boot from cd and follow the on screen guide this should work here to help u Shaun

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You need to go to bios settings, and manage the boot startup options.

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    Ginko Nov 15, 2008

    You do not need to install any DOS files.

    It probably does not boot from CD because the Bios boot sequence does not have CD as first boot.

    Go to bios, change the boot sequence, and boot from CD, with a Windows disk inside.


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If you go into the computer bios you can change the bootorder and then boot from a CD some computers also report in the start to press f12 for boot menu the button may be diffrent so you can select which drive to startup from, just do a fresh install of linux from cd you need to change the boot order or try the boot menu, this is the first thing to try.

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