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Ancient Computers

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by Techie2000, Jan 10, 2003.

  1. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Well the ancient computer of the week is an old Pentium 150MHz. Still trying to figure out how to get an OS on the thing. I just get a black screen when I try to boot the Win98 CD. Heck it doesn't see the CD-ROM in DOS. I think it might be b0rked. The floppy drive was held in with tape, I upgraded them to metal screws (w00t!) and now I'm fighting with the crappy cables trying to get everything working properly again. The floppy is being a PITA. I'm going to check to see if the cable is backwards tommorrow. I personally think they should deep six the thing, but as a rule I never turn down a client/challenge...
  2. Coot

    Coot Passed Away January 7, 2010

    With that old bios, I'm pretty sure you have to boot from floppy and then load the cd-rom driver to get it to recognize it properly. Make sure you have MSCDEX loaded.
  3. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Yeah I tried it and no luck. I got a spare CD-ROM I'm going to throw in there and try. If that doesn't work, If I get the floppy drive working i have an original Win95 floppy disk set I can try. If that doesn't work then I will tell them that it is a lost cause...
  4. EMIG

    EMIG Yup

    Older CDROM drives have a hard time with CDRs, because the reflections are not as bright as the ones produced by commercially pressed CDs.

    Oldest computer in my house: Atari 800 (64K of RAM!)
    Oldest computer in my house that's actually being used: 486 DX-66. Uptime: 64 days.

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