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    Default Reinstall of w'98se onto laptop with no fdd

    I have a Toshiba Satellite 3000 laptop with a Chinese language copy of w98se on it. I want to do a full reinstall of w98se (English) onto this laptop but it does not have an fdd. At the moment I do not have a usb fdd but still want to do the reinstall. I have got the w98se cd (with key).I have tried, without success, to find the info I need on the net. Can anyone please help. TIA Spooky

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    Default Re: Reinstall of w'98se onto laptop with no fdd

    Be carefull. You may not be able to get any device drivers for something that old, leaving it with devices that will no longer work.
    Try an install over the top.

    Does 98 boot from the CD ? Been so long since I installed it.

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    Default Re: Reinstall of w'98se onto laptop with no fdd

    Last I saw it was on a clay tablet with heirogrihics, roones on it!!!! PJ
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    Default Re: Reinstall of w'98se onto laptop with no fdd

    Can we ask why?

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    Default Re: Reinstall of w'98se onto laptop with no fdd

    Thats going back a bit, those early ones used to run on steam.

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    Default Re: Reinstall of w'98se onto laptop with no fdd

    If you really are dead set on punishing yourself so, there are ISOs available with the Win98 installer, so you can burn it to bootable CD. AllBootDisks.com or BootDisk.com will have it somewhere.
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    Default Re: Reinstall of w'98se onto laptop with no fdd

    As long as you have a Win98 CD -- Here you go, step by step http://www.windowsreinstall.com/win9...exfullpage.htm

    That had the old gray matter going LOL.
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    Default Re: Reinstall of w'98se onto laptop with no fdd

    I have tried to boot it from cd but every time I go into bios it will not accept the cd as a boot device. Thanks for the heads up about the availability (or not) of drivers so I am going to have to do an install on top of rather than a clean install. Is there something wrong with the laptop or with my fingers(!!!) I know its old and grey but it will do the job I have planned for it very well. TIA Spooky

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    Default Re: Reinstall of w'98se onto laptop with no fdd

    Quote Originally Posted by spooky View Post
    I have tried to boot it from cd but every time I go into bios it will not accept the cd as a boot device. Thanks for the heads up about the availability (or not) of drivers so I am going to have to do an install on top of rather than a clean install. Is there something wrong with the laptop or with my fingers(!!!) I know its old and grey but it will do the job I have planned for it very well. TIA Spooky
    Is win still running ?
    a few options to try....
    run the install from inside windows
    from win, shut down to dos, then run the install
    on bootup, either F8 , F5 or F3 will boot to a DOS prompt (cant remember which) . May or may not give CD support
    Try another BOOTABLE CD & see if you can boot off that (as a test). If the thing is so decrepid that it wont boot from CD , at all , and you have no floppy drive, then your options are limited.

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