I really messed up one old PC and I don't know how to fix it. Okay, I'll tell you the whole story.
The PC came with Windows 98 installed, it's not new and the floppy device doesn't work.
It has HDD of 6 GB, 256 MB RAM, 128MB VRAM I believe, the videocard is unknown and the CPU is some Intel Pentium 333 MHz.
Are you following me? Okay. A wild thought came to me to try to install Windows XP. Everything seemed it would work, because
Windows XP covered atleast all minimum requirements. BUT then at the middle of the installation, it said there is no more space
and it will turn off. It turned off and that was all. On the boot there was two OS choises - Windows 98 was damaged somehow and
Windows XP wasn't installed fully.
I am an idiot.
Well, the thing I did next was to insert some Windows 98 bootable disk (pirated, don't judge me) and then I tried installing it agian.
Well, atleast I got access to the DR-DOS and I knew some basic stuff. So I tried to format the C:\ drive. Everything went succesful.
And after that, I tried to put the Win 98 CD and there was some errors:
"largest executable program size 442,368", or something like that;
Actually, I tried everything I knew and still failed. There were many errors, but I couldn't remember them all.
I tried to copy all the files from D:\WIN98 to C:\WIN98, but it said only 1 file was copied, I cd-ed the C:\WIN98 folder and there
Then I connected the hard disk to this PC from which I'm writing to you now and formatted it. I tried with FAT32 and NTFS system.
After putting it back to the old PC and opened it in DOS mode, it said there are 0 bytes used and 0 bytes free. Where did these 6 GB go?!
I repeated the previous steps, connected the HDD to my PC, formatted, etc... nothing was succesful.
And now even it can't read the CD, I don't know why. It says: INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER or something like that.
Sometimes it gives me errors like BOOTMGR is missing, NTLDR is missing, etc.
I have some questions for you, guys.
- FAT32 or NTFS for Windows 98 installation?
- Can I install Windows 98 through USB on my PC without messing up the other HDD?
- Can I find somewhere the windows files, put them in the HDD, put the HDD back in the old PC and "yahoo! I'm done!" ?
- Can I format totally my HDD (I actually don't know if it is totally cleaned), install a clean Windows 98 in it?
- Is it something to do with BIOS? btw, I should of mention that when the CD boots, it says something Caldera DR-DOS.
Please, answer me. And sorry for my English, guys. Hope you understood me well.