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Anonymous
May 7, 2005 12:36:03 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

I tried reinstalling win98 SE and it told me I ran out of memory and to
delete items to get more memory but first I would have to restart my
computer. SO I thought I was restarting but it didn't. It shows my computer
info (Processor, Processor speed, etc.) then it shows...BOOT: I/O error
reading disk...Please insert another disk. What disk am I suppose to
insert? I have only 1 CPR recovery CD and a Patch diskette that came with my
computer.I have tried both and neither one works. What can I do to get
win98SE up and running. It just doesn't boot up. Stays only on that one
screen with my computer info. Please Help!
Anonymous
May 7, 2005 8:49:17 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

Go into the BIOS setup and make sure the boot sequence is set properly. Be
sure to save any changes when exiting. If this doesn't help, try making a new
boot floppy.

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

Ben

"huntbrit50" <huntbrit50@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:EAE2FC55-5711-450D-BB78-1FACEBC8D687@microsoft.com...
> I tried reinstalling win98 SE and it told me I ran out of memory and to
> delete items to get more memory but first I would have to restart my
> computer. SO I thought I was restarting but it didn't. It shows my computer
> info (Processor, Processor speed, etc.) then it shows...BOOT: I/O error
> reading disk...Please insert another disk. What disk am I suppose to
> insert? I have only 1 CPR recovery CD and a Patch diskette that came with my
> computer.I have tried both and neither one works. What can I do to get
> win98SE up and running. It just doesn't boot up. Stays only on that one
> screen with my computer info. Please Help!
Anonymous
May 7, 2005 12:47:29 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

"huntbrit50" <huntbrit50@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:EAE2FC55-5711-450D-BB78-1FACEBC8D687@microsoft.com...
> I tried reinstalling win98 SE and it told me I ran out of memory and to
> delete items to get more memory but first I would have to restart my

Do you mean memory or disk space? If you have minimal ram, the PC may be
thrashing the swapfile to supplement memory as virtual memory, and lack of
diskspace may show up as lack of memory.

> computer. SO I thought I was restarting but it didn't. It shows my
computer
> info (Processor, Processor speed, etc.) then it shows...BOOT: I/O error

These are bios results during processing the bios instructions.

> reading disk...Please insert another disk. What disk am I suppose to
> insert? I have only 1 CPR recovery CD and a Patch diskette that came with
my
> computer.I have tried both and neither one works.

The boot area of the MBR may be having problems, your hard disk may need
replacement. If you have anything in the floppy or CD drive, remove it
after using it.

What can I do to get
> win98SE up and running. It just doesn't boot up. Stays only on that one
> screen with my computer info. Please Help!
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Anonymous
May 7, 2005 1:40:05 PM

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"huntbrit50" <huntbrit50@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:EAE2FC55-5711-450D-BB78-1FACEBC8D687@microsoft.com...

> I tried reinstalling win98 SE and it told me I ran out of memory and to
> delete items to get more memory but first I would have to restart my
> computer. SO I thought I was restarting but it didn't. It shows my
computer
> info (Processor, Processor speed, etc.) then it shows...BOOT: I/O error
> reading disk...Please insert another disk. What disk am I suppose to
> insert? I have only 1 CPR recovery CD and a Patch diskette that came with
my
> computer.I have tried both and neither one works. What can I do to get
> win98SE up and running. It just doesn't boot up. Stays only on that one
> screen with my computer info. Please Help!

1. Check BIOS settings to ensure BIOS reads all
drives in the order A: C: CD:
2. Localise whether this error message points to
your hard drive or your floppy drive.

Both can fail. Floppy drives are cheap and you
can easily replace yours with only a screwdriver.

If your hard drive has failed, we do not know whether
you can reinstal Win98 with the "CPR recovery CD"
but it is worth a try: only you need first to have a
functioning floppy drive and the right booting floppy.
For more data see:
http://home.satx.rr.com/badour/html/backup.html

3. Failure of the main board is much more rare
but occasionally happens.

--
Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
Anonymous
May 9, 2005 5:52:05 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

On Fri, 6 May 2005 20:36:03 -0700, "huntbrit50"

>I tried reinstalling win98 SE

For what reason?

This is NOT a good or safe generic "first step" to troubleshooting!!

>and it told me I ran out of memory and to delete items to get more
>memory but first I would have to restart my computer. SO I thought
>I was restarting but it didn't. It shows my computer info (Processor,
>Processor speed, etc.) then it shows...BOOT: I/O error reading disk

Step back from what is probably a destructive process, and consider
the bigger picture here. You may have a dying HD, which means your
data is at risk, and that attempting to write huge wads of Windows
code would be like throwing petrol on a match to splash it out.

Before you think...

http://cquirke.mvps.org/9x/bthink.htm

About "just re-install Windows"...

http://cquirke.mvps.org/reinst.htm

Approaching a PC crisis...

http://cquirke.mvps.org/pccrisis.htm

In a nutshell:
- save your data FIRST
- then do hardware diagnostics
- then exclude malware
- then "think" :-)

Do NOT bother with "getting Windows to work" until the first three
steps are done - you may well lose your data forever.



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