Leezyjet
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PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 15, 2004 6:25 am

Hi.

My PC at home is giving me major probs. (spec - Windows 98se, P3, 733mhz, 256mb ram, 10gb hard drive)

When I turn it on sometimes it boots up fine with no problems, but other times it says that there is a boot disk error and to insert the windows 98 cd rom into the cd drive.

When I do this and try to continue, basicly it says that I don't have a C: drive !!.

Now my problem has developed further and it now says that the CPU info has been changed (which is possible as I was messing around with the setup settings last night !!), but I reset everyting to the previous values but still it says the info is not correct ???.

Can anyone give me some tips. I was going to buy a new Hard Drive but the guys at PC world sais that an 80gb drive would be too much for Windows 98 and that 20gb is the max I could have - problem is they don't stock less than a 40gb and I can't find a 20gb anywhere.

Should I just bite the bullet and buy a new pc or can anyone give me some advice to fix the current one ??.

Cheers.
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NWDC10
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RE: PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 15, 2004 6:48 am

Empty, cookies, temp internet files and history. Run your PC Utilities. I have Nortons 2002 System utilities i run often. Robert NWDC10
 
oly720man
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RE: PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 15, 2004 6:58 am

It could be that your HDD is suffering from old age. It happens. One at work just stopped and that was that. Hope you've got backups.

You could try:
Checking all the memory and any cards are seated properly.
Scandisk
Defrag
Adaware anti-spy stuff
Antivirus

Dabs.com have a 20Gb drive at £32.99 inc VAT and a 40GB at £30.98 inc VAT. Supply and demand. Everyone wants 40GB at least, so they're cheaper.

You can use 40GB, I've got on on my W98 machine. Just partition it down into 5 x 8GB or something like that.

Try www.annoyances.org for further advice. There's little there that isn't known.

Andy
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phxairfan
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RE: PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 15, 2004 7:01 am

Sounds like the same problem I just had. My hard drive started going out and I had the same symptoms as you. I ended up buying a new hard drive, which I suspect you also will have to do. Windows 98 can handle up to a 64 GB hard drive, you just have to partition it. Here's some info about it, you'll have to scan down the page to find where it talks about win 98.
http://www.dewassoc.com/kbase/hard_drives/hard_drive_size_barriers.htm

Your problem will be getting your data from one hard drive to the other. If your computer boots up and works correctly it will be easier for you to move your information. If you want any more information or help, feel free to shoot me an e-mail. It took me about 3 weeks to finally fix mine, it was an excruciatingly annoying experience. I wish you the best of luck.
 
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RE: PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 15, 2004 7:07 am

Actually, Win 98 SE can take upto a 512GB hard drive.
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Leezyjet
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RE: PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:29 am

Thanks for the help so far peeps.

Posted at work, but now home and it's working at the moment.

I managed to sort out my CPU error problem, I hadn't actually re set the values correctly as I though - DOH !!.

Andy,

I looked at one of those price check websites and it brought up DABS, but all the reviews about them were really bad so decided to stay away from them.

I'll pop back to PC world and buy the 40gb drive if you guys think it will work. Hell I'd rather believe what you guys say than some of those retards that work in PC World !!.

How easy is it to fit one ??. I've installed a graphics card, sound card and a modem before along with some memory and a cd re writer, so think I'll be able to manage it myself ??.

Cheers for the help so far.

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phxairfan
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RE: PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:35 am

Hard drives are just as easy if not easier. Just remeber to set the new one as a slave while you are partitioning it. Then after you have copied your files, take the old one out, and change the new one to master. Their will be jumpers and instructions on how to do this on the drive. Be extrmely carefull not to try to boot the computer with both hard drives being identical, as the OS will be confused on what drive = what letter and you could get alot of problems. Good Luck.
 
Leezyjet
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RE: PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 15, 2004 9:13 am

I was just going to remove the old one and put the new one in, then re-install everything again. I backed up all my personal info the other day when my pc was having a good day and I have all the discs to re-install everything else again.

I know it might take longer, but thought that might be easiest for me with my limited pc repairing knowledge !!.

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RE: PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 15, 2004 9:23 am

Hi Leezyjet,

Whatever you do, don't buy from PC World! You'll end up paying nearly double what the component is worth. As the guys in this thread have said, fitting a HDD is fairly straightforward. Provided you handle it carefully (don't drop it or jolt it around!) and ensure it isn't touching the one underneath/above (to reduce the risk of overheating), it's very easy - you basically just set the jumpers, screw it in, plug it in and you're away. I always buy my stuff from http://www.aria.co.uk, they're similar to Dabs but sometimes cheaper and I've never had a problem with them.

If you've got stuff backed up to CD, then you would be wise to take the old hard drive out completely and just start again from scratch - obviously it would reduce the risk of any problems arising in the future from your old HDD, and if you can do without it then you might as well leave it out.
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Leezyjet
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RE: PC Problems - Need Help

Fri Oct 22, 2004 9:05 am

Hi.

I'm back.

Thanks to all who helped out with advice on what to do, and especially thanks to FLYtoEGCC for providing me with that website address. I ordered my new 80gb hard drive from them (saved about £25 on what PC world were charging too Big grin ) and have just installed it this evening.

I just took out the old one and put the new one in, then re-installed everything from scratch and so far so good

Also must say an extremely huge thanks to BEN who I had to call to help me get the thing up and running (for 30 mins !!) as it came without any instructions or anything else !!!.

Once again Thanks.

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