Posted on 2002-04-01
I'm trying to set up a second computer (win98 only) using an old linux/windows harddrive as the one and only harddrive. In my old system, the drive was originally a dual boot drive with grub or lilo loader, but then later was made into a fat32 only when I started using a newer and bigger drive as the boot drive. Well, now using this drive only, I am unable to boot directly into win98, which is installed on the drive (command.com, etc). Instead , the screen goes black and some letters start popping up, repeating ad infinitum.
If I boot from a win98 rescue floppy, it works and I can access the C: drive and everything! (Except this is really slow, and not really something I want to have to do every time I use the computer).
I think the problem is that the original bootloader on the drive (if it is still there, I can't really tell, because of course, win98 only recognizes its own stuff) is somehow interfering with the process.
So here's the question: Is there a way I can "fix" or redo the boot sector to just boot into win98 every time and forget there was ever another OS on the drive? Some fdisk or other command that can clean it up without requiring me to boot directly to the win98 cdrom (I don't think I am able at this point to boot directly to the win98 cdrom, the thing is really old and pretty damaged).
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