Umm........I need help with a Windows 2000 computer! (dont hate me!)

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by the_wallcrawler, Feb 16, 2003.

  1. the_wallcrawler macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2003
    i can't believe this is my first post on this forum.....

    first off, i am a mac user (tibook400, 10.2) and i read these forums often. i was a switcher before switching was cool.

    anyway. my brother has a gateway computer running windows 2000 and that thing is completly shot. it will boot up but nothing will run. my intention was to use the install cds to clear the harddrive and reinstall everything. but i cant run the cd! on a mac i could boot off the cd, can i do that on the windows machine? its been awhile since i was in windows world and im lost, especially since i cant run any programs. anyhelp would be great. thanks.

    just another reason to use macs........ :D

  2. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    My first advice would be to accelerate the computer (see my sig.)

    If I remember correctly, the BIOS may have to be set to see the CD drive as a bootable device. I also think that DOS has to have the proper extensions to read CD's.

    If you have a win 98 computer nearby, make an emergency startup disk. You need 98, since it's the simplest one with the CD drivers that you need. You can then proceede to FDISK the HD to erase everything.

    With the 98 boot disk, you should be able to use CD's and from there, you should be able to re-install Win2k.
  3. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
  4. losfp macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2002
    If it's a full win2k installation CD, it should be bootable (if it's gateway's own flavour of software restore CD, you may be out of luck).

    Get into the BIOS setup upon bootup (ie: when it says press del to enter setup, you press del)... hunt around in the menus and change the boot order to say CD first... and go from there.
  5. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    I concur with losfp. Go into the BIOS and change the boot up options so that booting from CD is enabled and so that the PC will look for a bootable CD before it tries to boot from the hard drive (boot sequence).
  6. bdguyton1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2003

    Is there by any chance a floppy or CD in the computer? And, is the comptuer COMPLETELY off? b/c my bro.'s laptop wouldn't go past a DOS screen, and it ended up that his computer wasn't turned all the way off. Try those, and if they don't work, use a floppy boot-up disk. :D
  7. the_wallcrawler thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2003
    that would be my solution as well......but my dad can't afford to buy him one.

    thanks for all the other advice. i'll be going home this week (i go to school at michigan state) and i'll try to work it out.

    oh yea. the cd that i am working off of is the gateway installation cd. will that work?
  8. finchna macrumors regular

    May 30, 2002
    In addition to changing the boot order in bios and booting from a floppy, I've seen Winboxes with raid cards or scsi cards that needed to use the software on the card to reformat the hard drive before the machine would boot from any other drive. If changing boot order or booting from floppy doesn't work, see if there's a scsi card/adapter option when the machine is booting up--probably about the same time you see the bios f-key notification, choose that, use the scsi tools to reformat the drive, then try rebooting from CD or floppy.

  9. mjb macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2003

    well, being a wolverine, i probably shouldn't, but i'll be nice and help a spartan... :D

    typically, the installation cd's that manufacturers ship with their systems are used for just the case you are in. they are operating system installations, plus many (maybe all?) of the drivers (graphics, sound, etc.) that you will require for your particular pc hardware.

    but that's *typically*. ymmv...but it sounds like the cd you have should work fine.

    like others have said...use the bios to select the proper boot order--the key is making sure the bios will check for a bootable cdrom before going to the hard drive. the gateway cd should do the rest, in the best case scenario.

    if you feel comfortable with the process and so inclined, an fdisk and format would probably also be a good idea...but for best results you'll probably need to boot from a win98 (not winme!!!) floppy.
  10. pdham macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2003
  11. the_wallcrawler thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2003
    again. thanks to all.

    even those pesky wolverines and badgers. :D


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