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    Post 98SE Installation

    I have an HP Pavilion 6640C upon which I'm trying to install Windows 98SE.

    I get as far as this blue screen, and then it just hangs:

    "Setup is preparing to install Windows.

    ....

    ....

    To continue, press ENTER. To quit Setup, press ESC."

    I have checked, formatted, and set the HDD active. It seems O.K.

    Any ideas would be most welcome.

    Thank-you.
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    I remember having to copy windows over to my desktop to make it install sometimes.

    Maybe the cdrom is bad?

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    You first have to partition the drive with FDISK, restart, and format the drive, adding system files as you do.
    Use the command format C: /s to do so.
    Restart with CDROM support and run Setup from the CD drive.
    It's been a while, but think that was the standard procedure.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I did as you said OT (used format C: /s) but the setup still hangs at the same screen.

    Is an HP setup any different? I am using a burned 98SE CD, and I can't remember it's origin.

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    Like druggas said, the CD may be bad. To copy the CD to the hard drive, use the following commands,
    If you are on the A: drive, move to C:
    A:\ C:

    C:\md win98 (This creates a directory for Win98)
    C:\copy D:\win98 C:\win98 (This assumes your CD drive is D: )
    C:\cd win98
    C:\win98\setup


    If the copy does not complete, The CD is bad.

    Setup on an HP should be no different.

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    The advantage of formatting before setup is that you can check the health of the hard drive.

    It could indeed be a bad CD, considering it's age. It's probably not the CD drive because setup does start.
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    May just need to clean the cd.
    Seen that do the trick lots of times.

    Liquid dish soap, just a couple drops, and rub the surface with your finger tips.
    Rinse real good and I let them air dry.
    Can clean them with 90+% rubbing alcohol too.

    Haqd to use something like this a few times also.
    http://www.plugnplayland.com/index.p...roducts_id=137

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I followed the commands in OT's post, and after a long period of copying files, it still hangs at the same place:

    "To continue, press ENTER. To quit Setup, press ESC."

    The last 4 lines of the copy process were:

    E:\WIN98\WIN98_74.CAB
    E:\WIN98\WIN98_OL.CAB
    E:\WIN98\XMSMMGR.EXE
    101 file(s) copied

    I believe the CD drive was D: before the Ramdrive.

    Right now I'm just waiting for the CD to dry, after using Sunlight dish soap.

    I also have 70 percent rubbing alcohol if anyone thinks I should use it?
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    Try the cd first before using the alcohol.

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    O.K. Will do.

    Thanks
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    I tried again after cleaning the CD, to no avail.

    I then put the HDD in an external enclosure, plugged it in to my "real" PC, and explored it.

    It has a WIN98 folder with 101 files, mostly .CAB. It also has SETUP.EXE.

    Would it make sense to put it back in the HP PC, and install it from MS-DOS, and is there anything I need to know?

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    Lets assume the W98se CD is the problem for whatever reason... bad burn, incompatible media, scratches,etc.
    Copying to the hard drive will produce the same problem.

    Some CD/DVD drives can read better than others, so I would try another CD/DVD drive, newer the better.

    Next step would be to try a different W98se CD.

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    O.K., I'll do that first.

    Thanks.
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    I have installed an LG CDRW that is 5 years newer than the HP Writer, and I have previously tested it, and it was working at that time. I am currently running a Surface Scan on the HDD, and would like to know what my next steps will be if the scan is O.K. For instance, I have a 98SE Boot Disc, so what Boot Order will I set in the BIOS? Is MS-DOS an option?

    Thanks.
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    I would like to thank everyone for your patience and help.

    I am now up and running 98SE due to all of your valuable input.

    Thanks again.
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