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Reloading windows 98 on a Panasonic Toughbook CF37

I was given a Toughbook CF37 with a 6GB hard drive. I am trying to get it to work to give to a kid who has had a rough life and and thought it may be a good XMAS surprise gift.. It orignally had Windows 95 installed, but would not boot up. I formatted the hardrive and booted off the CD ROM with Windows 98 SE CD. The system does the initial load of the files needed to continue the setup, but the system freezes when it is trying to determine the hardware. I beleiev it is freezing at that point since the progress bar on the initial setup gets to 100%. I confirmed the system is freezing rather than just thinking since I need to remove the battery to shut it down. I have tried to disable and enable different combinations of peripherals in the BIOS setup. I think that windows 98 may not have the driver of drivers for certain hardware on the toughbook. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Reloading windows 98 on a Panasonic Toughbook CF37


Restart in Safe Mode and Use Msconfig.exe loadTOCNode(2, 'resolution'); Restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key after your computer completes the Power On Self Test (POST), and then choose Safe Mode from the Startup menu. For additional information about Windows 98 startup, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 178548 ( No 'Starting Windows 98' Message at Startup After your computer restarts in Safe mode, use the System Configuration Utility tool (Msconfig.exe) to minimize conflicts that may prevent your computer from finishing Setup.

To start and use the System Information tool: 1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information. 2. On the Tools menu, click System Configuration Utility. 3. On the General tab, click Selective Startup, and then click to clear the following check boxes: • Process Config.sys FileProcess Autoexec.bat FileProcess Winstart.bat File (if available) • Process System.ini FileProcess Win.ini FileLoad Startup Group Items

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