hi, i recently had a severe prob with xp pro, or at least i think it was xp that caused it. anyway, i could only access the task manager and the comp wouldn't load the desktop, nor could i boot using safe mode. to fix this i have installed 98se on my second hdd and i'm now trying to access my original drive using it as a slave. the drive is aknowledged in the bios and i can see it in device manager, but i have no access to it. can you help?
woodchip, can you give me any advice on the problem in the first place then. i closed it down one night last week, and when i tried to boot up the next day all i could get was my desktop wallpaper. it wouldn't boot up in safe mode either. however, i could access the taskmanager and see all the contents of my drive, i just couldn't access a lot of it. i could still connect to the internet, though i could not load any pages as it seems i had not space on my hdd or i was out of memory, both of which were not true.
I run Win98 but you could try starting with the XP disc, you need your cmos changing to start with CD as the first boot device, also change the disc's back round as you had them at first. The XP disc should allow you to do a repair of XP or reinstall over the top. I am having some probs with the PCA site at the mo as it?s not loading page, it?s just about come to a stop I had this about three day?s ago.
I do not know how you had it set up before but you need to change it back to what it was. Then try what I said above with regard to cmos when you start you computer enter setup and change the first boot device to the CD-ROM then start with the CD
In your first post I think you were asking how to boot up from 98? You could probably do this by switching the jumpers on your hard drives. Make 98 the master and X\P the slave. This should boot up 98 and if the file format of X\P is FAT32. You should be able to see the disk.
To use the repair option for X\P. Disable the slave "98" drive by unplugging the IDE ribbon. Enter the bios and have first boot to cdrom. Save settings and exit. Insert the X\P disk into the cdrom and bootup. Follow the procedure as if you were going to do a fresh install. You will get an option to do a fresh install or repair X\P. pick repair with a "r". Hopefully this should get you running again.