January 23rd, 2003, 11:19 AM #1
Ok let me try here: I have an old P2-333 HP vectra computer and I believe it is an v6. It has 64 ram. (I am at work and trying to recall). Ok more info… I got it and it had Win NT running with passwords locked…. I put in my boot disk (98), formatted the drive (it should be about 6.4) and I get a 2.something. So I removed all partitions and formatted again, in Fdisk, it tells me 6.4 megs ready reboot, and install 98… it goes and then I check disk size its 2.something again…. And there is a D: drive… not sure how. I read on one screen a RAM bus Drive or something. Ok wasting time I put in another 5.5 gig drive and install win98 all goes fine after some work (clearing CMOS settings and all it finally worked) woohoo… ok lets salvage the 6.5 drive. I put in the drive (jumpers set as slave). And now the puter does not boot. I get the Vectra loading screen and then a black screen with a cursor but not able to do anything.. I tried clearing he CMOS settings again. I have to try to boot on a 98 floppy. I also tried removing the 6.5 drive again and still the same thing. (do I need to give the puter more time to register).
I know this is not a lot of great info but any suggestions???
I will post more info when im home tonight. I really want to install Redhat on the puter. But hit 98 just to see what i had.
January 23rd, 2003, 11:31 AM #2
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Open the case, find the hard disk manufacturer, go to the disk manufacturers website, download the software to erase the whole drive and have that software do the job - usually flawless at removing odd partitions.
January 23rd, 2003, 11:38 AM #3
Re: helpOriginally posted by Vagabond
And there is a D: drive… not sure how. I read on one screen a RAM bus Drive or something.
January 23rd, 2003, 10:49 PM #4
if you noticed, after running fdisk, it will ask if you want your pc to support large disk size HDD. just select Y (yes), then you should be able to partition the whole HDD as 6Gb. you wont get 2Gb anymore as primary, extended and logical. check of course if your BIOS could support such large disk capacity.
and for the drive D. our friends are right, your boot disk loads a RAMDrive. the boot disk usually copies some useful tools in setting up your PC especially the HDD. if you know stuffs about config.sys, you can delete it there.
January 23rd, 2003, 10:53 PM #5mickwishGuest
Possibly the drive has an NTFS partition on it (most likely if it was running winNT), that needs to be removed. DOS FDISK won't show it as a FAT or DOS partition, but only as a NON-DOS partition. Try running FDISK from a boot floppy when the drive is in a system and looking at NON-DOS partitions. Might be a NTFS partition that FDISK needs to delete.
BTW, more creative thread titles are preferred, IMO.
January 24th, 2003, 12:10 PM #6
txs everyone I will try all of the above...
and I will work on my thread titles.....
Hows this one sound...
Help puter is trying to kill me
lolYou know dog spelled backwards is god.....
coincidence ..... i think not.
January 24th, 2003, 12:15 PM #7
>I really want to install Redhat on the puter.
the RH cd also has a partitioning program that will wipe that drive clean in 1-2-3.
i have several of the same vectra's ('cept mine's are 400mhz) running various linux & ms OS's. never had a problem installing anything on them...rock solid machines, IYAM.
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