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Format C: ==Bad command or file name???

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I am using Compaq Presario 5520.
Since a few days i am trying to format my disk.
When i start up windows i have acces to my disk
and everything is going ok. When i use my startupdisk
and then type : Format c: He says : Bad command or file name.
When i do dir c: everything comes.
So my final AND most wrong step i did was FDISK.
IT workt ok but......
format c: is  still giving
Bad command or file name.
Now i am stuck completely.
I have heard somewhere this has to do with compaq.
That when i did FDISK i deleted some bios information
that was essential to boot properly up.
Now i need a BIOS disk from Compaq if i wanna reinstall my system.
I have been on the COMPAQ website but did not find
any relevant info.
All help very much appreciated

Regards
David
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by:dbrunton
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You have not copied the file format.com to your boot disk.

This is the reason why you are gettting the message Bad file or command.

Format.com can be found in the C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND  folder

You do not need a bios disk for your compaq.  These are PAQs or some similar name.  Other experts will suppy the correct name here.  If you used fdisk incorrectly you may have deleted the partition that contains the files that Compaq use instead of the standard bios that everyone else uses.

I suggest you post your Compaq model here so experts can direct you to the site with the correct files you need plus information on how to fix your partiiton up.
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by:dbrunton
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http://web14.compaq.com/falco/sp_list.asp

and fill in the details to get what is called a softpaq for your computer
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by:kahlean
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well if you have problem with your bootdisk you can always get it from this site at www.bootdisk.com
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Otta earned 100 total points
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Find a colleague with a working Windows 98 (or 98SE) system, and take an "empty" 3.5" diskette to his (her) computer.


Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove software -> Windows Setup -> create boot disk -> writes to the 'A:' drive.

Boot your computer with this diskette,
and 'FORMAT C:' will work correctly,
and your CD-ROM drive will be 'D:' or 'E:',
and you can try 'D:SETUP' or 'E:SETUP'
to install from the CD-ROM.

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by:BigFitz
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clarification on Compaq's "system" partition:  It's a UTILITY to enter CMOS setup, and is on the hard drive as a "non-dos" partition "ahead" of the C: partition.  When on the hard drive as intended, it can be accessed by hitting F10 when the cursor jumps to the upper right corner of the screen during boot up.  HOWEVER it is NOT NECESSARY to have this partition on your hard drive, it is there for "convenience" only, no settings are stored there it is only a means of accessing CMOS.  It can be run from a floppy with equal success.  The disks are available from Compaq's support site.  Otta has your answer above--your boot disk is simply missing the "format" command, as dbrunton surmised.---Fitz
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by:cifex
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Format.com needs to be on the bootdisk, download a bootdisk form bootdisk.com (great site) it'll have all the necessary files
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by:rogerhammond
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You wouldn't have done a thing to your BIOS...that's in ROM and totally safe unless you FLASH it incorrectly.

If you want to load Win98 or later onto your machine, then just stick the CD in the machine and the install process should format your drive for you and load up the OS.

Assuming that you have a boot from CDROM set in your BIOS.
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by:kahlean
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the questioner has not responded at all even though all the experts here has given good comments

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