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    Make Network Password Protected Box Boot To Floppy

    I have been asked by a neighbor to reconfigure an old system (PIII 450, 196MB RAM) for his 10 year old to use for school and the internet. He got the system from the company he works for when they upgraded and were giving these away. It has Win 2000 Pro installed and set up on a network and is password protected. I'm guessing that the network setup is the reason I can't boot to a floppy to format the drive and install the copy of Win 98 he gave me. Is there any way to get around the password and make the system boot to a floppy ??? I haven't tried to get into the bios yet. I don't do much of that and I didn't think that it would help & that I might do more harm than good. Any and all thoughts are appreciated.
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    Re: Make Network Password Protected Box Boot To Floppy

    The ability to boot from floppy is controlled by the BIOS, not by the operating system on the hard drive. Windows 2000 network passwords are irrelevant here, you just have to go into the BIOS and tell it to boot from floppy first.

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    Re: Make Network Password Protected Box Boot To Floppy

    Thanks Stuart. I just found a way to get it to boot to the floppy. With the floppy in the drive it will boot like it is going to start and then tells me there is no valid FAT or FAT32 table on Drive C and tells me 3 possible causes for this. Then it tells me there is a "Data error reading drive A", "Abort, Retry, Fail". Choosing Fail gets, "Fail on INT 24 - EXTRACT.EXE" "Bad command or file name", "The diagnostic tools were successfully loaded to Drive C.", "File not found", Type HELP and press ENTER." and then it leaves me at the A prompt. From what I can tell, drive C: is a RAM drive created by the bootdisk.

    Can I simply type FDISK here and then Format C: when FDISK finishes and then go about installing Win 98 ??
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    Re: Make Network Password Protected Box Boot To Floppy

    Those errors sound to me like you have either a faulty floppy disk or a faulty floppy disk drive. I wouldn't continue to install from here, can you get a known working Windows98 boot floppy from somewhere?

    When you are ready to install Windows98, make sure that you can access your CD from the booted floppy BEFORE you do any FDISK or format. My personal preferred method would be to FDISK and Format the C: dirve, then copy all the Windows 98 installation files to a folder on C: and SYS C:. You can then boot the hard disk to do the rest of the installation.

    I am going to move this entire thread to the Windows 98 board now, since this is clearly not a Windows 2000 issue.

    StuartR

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    PS. The most likely reason for the messages about the file system on C: is that it is formatted with NTFS, this is not a problem.

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    Re: Make Network Password Protected Box Boot To Floppy

    I'll check tha hardware end of this with another disk and see if it can read from it. I know that it can read this disk (the Win 98 boot disk) because, I did a dir on the A drive and it showed as a complete list of files for a Win 98 boot disk. The disk was working as recently as a month ago, when I installed Win 98 on an old 233 I gave to a friend, but I'll go to bootdisk.com and get a new set of files, just to be sure.

    The hardware configuration on this system is strange to me. It has a removeable hard drive, on a sled with a handle to remove it from the front, with it's own power switch. I don't suppose that has anything to do with the problem though. I'll just keep pokin' away at the problem and either kill it or cure it. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I don't think I can make it any more useless than it is right now. <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15>

    Thanks again for the input.
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