Cannot reload Win98...no DOS prompt
Posted on 2004-10-28
I'm trying to reload Win98SE on a machine. I've done FDISK to delete and create the primary partition. I'm to the point where I need to format the hard drive, but when I reboot the computer, it runs through its diagnostics, checks for what's connected and what's not, then gets to this one screen and just sits there with blinking cursor at the bottom of the page. It won't bring up the DOS prompt I need to proceed. I shut down, disconnected the power to the hard drive, and rebooted, and it booted from the boot disk fine. But when the hard drive is powered up, it won't. I tried to go into setup to check the boot order, but it won't go into setup: F1, F10, F8, Del...nothing works. What do I need to do? Could the hard drive be bad? I'm working on this computer for someone else, and he at least didn't think there was any problem with the hard drive...just deleted some system files he shouldn't have and needed the OS reloaded. I'm stuck. Thanks.