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message means there is no working operating system(OS) installed on the harddisk, like windows XP,vista or a lunix version. if you have a working cd-rom, i use a win 98 install cd that boots from startup then install win98 to find out if there are any hardware issues. if the invalid OS was a version that used the NTFS file system the drive will have to be re-formatted/erased to install win98. if you have a bootable cd-rom version of the OS you use or if the factory IBM restore partition is intact you can use them. they may not save any data you have on the drive. if you have data you need to retrive from the disk drive it is a different procedure.
System will show CD as C: and "COPYING" doesn't make drive "BOOTABLE".
You have to let the restore CD do the whole process of FDISK, FORMAT and INSTALL.
If you want HD bootable with no "WINDOWS"
use this command at A: prompt.
FORMAT C: /S
I'd have to get out my Win/DOS notes for more.
Try "Help Format" if that doesn't work.
I would Let the CD do everything if you are not familiar with DOS installs.
Haven't used win98 for a while so bear with me and this uses DOS COMMANDS too. If useing restore cd/floppy you have to use a utility from compaq that creates two partitions on hard-drive. They may have a restore floppy if you need it too. One for "recovery files" and one for "OS Boot" AHH, the memories, I still have my 95/98/ME Laptops up and running for older stuff. HP n CQ too. Restore CD should do it all though. If no restore CD - have Win98 CD? if Harddrive partitioned and formated - Just do 1 1. boot from Win98 CD. Partition n Format 2. Choose boot to DOS (puts u in virtual drive A) AT PROMPT 3. Type drive letter of CD ( C: D: or E: ) 4. Type CD Win98 5. Type Fdisk ( to partion drive) reboot n do 1 + 2 6. Type format C: ( I do this to ckeck drive for errors) OR JUST Boot from CD and follow install instructions. 1 to 6 for if you have problem with Win98 CD setting up Harddrive.
hi, do not choose safe mode,instead choose the start normal, If still you can not load and error exist, there might be missing of your files or your files are corrupted..Format your computer and back your important files then install new (OS) Operating System.I hope this may help you.
its domnickr, its so we can not install xp in model 1255 it will spoils your hard disk all you can install win98 ED 2 only..... so its wise not to try it and reinstall using win 98 install disk. if format is not possible do format using Fdisk command. step 1 :enter dos floppy restart ur lap enter from insulation option. chance boot perority to floppy disk ie Shift +. restart lap enter fdisk in commant format using instruction for any help mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have the drivers for the devices that are installed on your laptop, then download from the IBM/Lenovo WEB site, make sure they are for your model laptop (eg. Video, audio, modem LAN etc.) before you format and reinstall Windows..
Follow these steps.
1. Boot up the laptop and press F12 function key to get a list of boot devices, select the CD drive.
2. Insert your Windows XP CD into the CD drive.
3. Press the space bar to start the bootup from CD
4. During the install process you delete the existing partition/s and create a new partition.
5. The next step is to format the partition - do a NTFS full format not a quick format
6. Follow the instructions to install windows.
7. After Windows completed the installation ,check on which device drivers didn't install and install these drivers.