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I formatted the hard drive and reinstalled my version of win98.

Posted By : Jerry of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 3, 2004

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I was working on an older computer i bought in 1999. I formatted the hard drive and reinstalled my version of win98. I added a modem and installed some drivers and also installed directx8.1. I re booted the computer and now I get signal error on the monitor. I did try to install some drivers for a videocard that would not work on my motherboard. I put the hard drive in another computer it is fine. I put another monitor on this computer and I still have a signal error.

I have checked all the cables, they are OK.

Can you help me.

Thanks, Glynnard.

This question was answered on December 3, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Did you reformat the drive?

you have to check how yoru drive is partitioned if it is on NTFS, FAT or FAT32.

Try the following:

To partition the drive, you use a program called Fdisk that's on the Startup Disk

Note: Always follow the Fdisk on-screen prompts carefully The program tells you how to maneuver through the menus, when to press the ESC key to go back, when you need to restart your computer, and so on

To partition the hard disk:

1. At the A command prompt, type fdisk, and then press [Enter] If the hard disk is larger than 512MB, Fdisk asks whether to enable Large Disk Support:

o If you want to install other operating systems on this computer, you need to know whether they can read FAT32 If they cannot, choose No Operating systems such as Windows NT(R) 4.0 or the original Windows 95, for example, cannot read FAT32, but Windows 98 and 2000 can

o If you don't plan to install operating systems other than Windows Me or Windows 2000, you will probably want to use Large Disk Support It allows you to create partitions larger than 2GB (which is the limit for FAT16) and provides greater file storage efficiency

2. When you are prompted about enabling Large Disk Support, type Y or N, and then press [Enter] The Fdisk main menu appears

3. At the command prompt, type 3 to delete the existing partitions and follow the on screen instructions If what you want is to just set a primary partition do the following At the command prompt, type 1 to create a Primary partition You are then asked whether you want to use the maximum space (the entire drive):

o If you choose Yes, this uses up to 2GB for a FAT16 partition or the entire drive for a FAT32 partition

o If you choose No, you can specify how large you want the partition to be

If you want to use only part of the drive as the Primary partition, you can return to this menu later to choose Option 2 to create the Extended partition When you choose Option 2, you are prompted whether to use the remainder of the drive; then follow the prompts through the process of creating logical drives in that partition Continue with this process until all the space is used up on the hard disk

4. Optionally, to make the Primary partition "Active", select Option 2 from the Fdisk main menu Follow the instructions

The Active partition is the partition that the computer boots from You need to set the Active partition if you created both Primary and Extended partitions If you created only a Primary partition, it will automatically be set to Active

5. When all this is finished, press the [ESC] key to exit Fdisk When you are prompted to start your computer, leave the bootdisk disk in the A drive and restart your computer by using the power switch or by pressing [Ctrl] [Alt] [Del]


After partitioning the hard drive (if necessary) we want to format the hard drive:

To format drive C, at the A prompt type the following:

Format c:

and then press [Enter] You will be warned that all data will be lost Select Yes to continue with the format

For each logical drive you created (such as D and E), at the A prompt type the following:

Format drive: (where drive is the appropriate drive letter)

Make sure you are formatting only the new drives you created, not other drives on other hard disks in your computer.

Once formatting is complete, you can begin setup To do so, switch the command prompt to the CD-ROM drive (typically E:, since the Windows boot floppy creates a RAM drive as D:), type setup (and press [Enter]) If you have specific installation requirements, you may want to run setup with one or more command line switches


Question # 29 10/15/04

My hard drive will not allow any other ISP dial up, only AOL.I can load other ISP's however when I get to the dial-up step the drive fails to recognize the modem Is there any way other than e-machine tech support??

Ok You have to change the setting on AOL so it wont be your default ISP And change the settings on the ISP you do want so that it is your default If changing the setting on AOL doesnt work then you must uninstall it But make sure you have the other program installed.

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