I'm VERY new to forums so please bear with me as I will undoubtebly irritate a few with my lack of proper forum ettiquette and never-ending paragraphs... my humble apologies if I offend :) ...
I recently acquired an old 1GHz IBM Thinkpad Laptop (not sure exactly what make and can't seem to find anywhere that tells me) but then recently It had been infected with a trojan which eventually I then decided "right, time for the good old formatting technique"... using my original Win98 CD, I proceeded to try format the hard drive but when the time came for the actual formatting it would give a new error straight away saying:
"Error Setup cannot install windows 98 on your computer. An error was detected while formatting your primary hard disk partition. * Press ENTER to quit Setup."
After that things got worse as then when I booted up normally from the hard drive it gave the following messages:
"Intel Base Code, PXE-2.1 (build 083) Copyright (C) 1997-2001, Intel Corporation PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable PXE-MDF: Exiting Intel PXE ROM Operating System not found"
Since then I have gone into fdisk and deleted, and then created again, a new primary partition (seeings it is the only partition taking up the full 100%, it says that it is already set to being active). This, to my immense frustration, has not helped as when I try to start Win98 setup again it simply displays the previous "unable to format" error message straight away now (sigh).
Also, I am unable to the use the format command when in DOS as when I say:
A:\> format c: Bad command or file name
(A: has got all the normal startup files - not sure how they got there because I don't have a floppy drive - but to be honest this has always been an issue of mine as I constantly forget how to use DOS properly... and I'm not exactly "expert" in computer maintanence)
PLEASE HELP ME!! I've been trying to find a similar problem on this forum and others but none have seemed to fix my specific problem and I don't want to through away the hard drive yet... I'm losing hair over this!! :eek:
If FDISK isn't able to delete the partitons, use the debug command to delete the partitions. Boot to DOS mode from the Windows CD and at the prompt, type 'debug' and press enter. You should now see a hyphen instead of the prompt. Then type the following commands: (Text in Bold is what you need to type out)