Win 98 reformat problems

  xmascrackers 20:02 23 Oct 2005

Hi Folks

Advice needed desparately. I've got a COMPAQ notebook 100 with Win 98. It crashed + after rebooting, instead of the usual desktop, it came up with a suspicious looking "Win 98 install wizard" -I've never seen this before + the screen prompt titles (eg "user info") have a ragged looking font that lacks the usual MS slick style -so i've decided not to click on this

I'm unable to start the computer in safe mode -I get the error message "Explorer- this program has performed an illegal operation + will shut down"

Hence I'm very suspicious about this + have opted to reformat + re-install Win 98


1) If I try to reformat using FORMAT C: /s
I get the message:-
"Checking existing disk format.
Recording current bad clusters 37% completed. Insufficient memory."
It then goes back to the A:\> prompt

2) If I use FORMAT C:
I get:-
"Checking existing disk format.
Recording current bad clusters
Verifying 4,673.32M
37 percent completed.
Not ready
format terminated."
Then I get an A prompt

Any advice on this will be gratefully acccepted


  phil46 20:20 23 Oct 2005

If you want todo a format put in the W98 floppy in and choose without CD Rom support on the A:\ PROMPT TYPE FDISK and delete the dos partition
then you create a new dos partition and make it active you can see how todo this as you use the fdisk program,reboot and format and reinstall your OS.

  phil46 20:22 23 Oct 2005


  woodchip 20:22 23 Oct 2005

Can you get to Command Prompt from the safe mode key.

  keith-236785 22:27 23 Oct 2005

or from the prompt A:\> type


this should check the structure of the disk and report any problems it finds.

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