A friend of mine recently purchased a 450MZ Pentium II at a computer show with Windows 98 installed. While working in Windows, the computer would occasionally just shut down. He then either tried scandisk of the disk defragmenter program.
The computer stopped part way through and its been dead ever since. I used a boot disk to get in and looked at the root directory. There were no folders there and only 1 file with over 2 gigs of info in it. The DVD Rom is gone. Since we didn't have drivers for the DVD, and couldn't find them on the Internet, I tried to install drivers using his old Windows 95 recovery disk. I just picked the fastest CD rom drive there. It seemed to work as the CD drive letter appeared. I then tried to install Windows 98. It started initializing and then told me I couldn't proceed any further without doing something. I had no idea what it meant.
I also tried using a Win 95 format from a floppy disk but it told me that it was an incorrect dos version.
Is it possible that the hard drive wasn't formatted properly or maybe something to do with partioning?
Also, when I tried to copy files directly to the root directory, a lot of gibberish appeared there.
I wasn't sure if this was a Win 98 problem, a hard drive problem, or a hardware problem.