IBM 300PL Setup Help

A friend of mine received an IBM 300PL PC as a gift.  Unfortunately it was not bootable and has no software with it.  I have several questions!

1.  I booted from a floppy and ran FDISK.  The existing partions were not usable so I blew them away and created a primary DOS partition.  I was asked whether to make the DOS partition as big as possible and I said yes.  The partition assigned was only about 1GB in size, leaving about 5GB in the EXTDOS partition.  When I try to assign logical drives in the EXTDOS partition, it tells me there is no available space left.  Then, when I try to delete the EXTDOS logical partitions, it tells me there are none.  If I try to start totally over by deleting the primary DOS partition, I am told that I can't delete the primary DOS partition becase there are partitions defined in the EXTDOS partition!  Do I need to do a low level format on the harddrive?  If so, with what and how?  It is a MAXTOR harddisk.

2.  I have a WIN95 upgrade CDROM but I, of course, I can't use it because I don't have the driver.  It is a SONY device, model CDU701-F1, 32X.  I have been searching for the specific driver but I can't seem to find it.  What can I do now?

Any help is GREATLY appreciated.
mhyoheAsked:
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oldgreyguyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Did it resolve your problem, I wouldn't want to go to the well if the horses are still on the range

bill
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oldgreyguyCommented:
1/ to to this site and get the lowlevel formatter for the hard drive:

http://www.maxtor.com/library/main.html


2/ find someone with Windows98 and get a copy of OAKCDROM.SYS  from them. This driver will work with almost all IDE cdroms made in the last 3-4 years.

give a holler for more help, bill
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ViRoyCommented:
sounds like there is a non dos partition... fdisk wont be able to delete these... use DELPART... it should be on the win98 boot disk... also, the max partition size option is limited to 2gb at FAT16 and 4gb at FAT32... thats the large disk support question at the very beginning of fdisk.
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oldgreyguyCommented:
ViRoy,

First, your comments are suggestions pertaining to the issue, not answers, Second, there is no 4gb limit for FAT32.

By prematurely answering the persons question, it takes the question out of view, and someone with the answer  may not see it without digging.

bill
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mhyoheAuthor Commented:
I would like the points for this question to go to OLDGREYGUY since he was the first to answer correctly.  

OLDGREYGUY...please answer so I can give you the credit you deserve!
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mhyoheAuthor Commented:
Problems are ALL solved I'm happy to report.  I did stumble upon another CDROM driver on my own but the low-level format utility did the trick.  The PC is ready for Santa to deliver.  Thanks again.
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oldgreyguyCommented:
Have a great holiday, thanks for stopping by
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