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old computer wont boot

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Paul, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    I was asked to help a friend with his computer but I really dont have
    any experiance with older computers and I need help to figure this
    thing out.

    I dont know many specs of the computer but I will list as many as I

    Processor: PentiumPRO 200mhz
    HDD: 3.1GB
    Base Memory: 640k
    Extended memory: 31744k

    and thats about all I know.

    I start up the computer it counts the memory and then detects the HD
    everything looks fine.

    Then on the second screen where it lists the memory, CPU, etc...

    I get EDO DRAM at Row: 0, 1, 2, 3

    and thats it. I tried putting a bootable windows 2000 cd but nothing
    the cd light just stayed on.

    I think it previously had windows 95 on it but I'm not sure the person
    who had the computer dosent know much about it.

    any suggestions?
    Paul, Apr 16, 2004
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  2. given the specs, it is not likely that this PC supports bootable CDs. A
    bootable windows 98 floppy should do the trick. Then, with that, you can
    format and execute the winnt file in the i386 directory of the win2k disk.


    BTW: with only 32 megs of RAM, it will prolly run like S*** with windows
    2000. If you want an NT based OS, NT Workstation 4 would probably be best,
    otherwise I would suggest Windows 98.
    Donald McMorris - Ospitare International, Apr 16, 2004
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