Old Computer For Christmas!!!


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Old 12-28-04, 01:51 PM
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Exclamation Installing Windows 95

First let's start off by saying that
I don't know much about computers...

I just received an old laptop computer that my cousin was gonna
smash into a million pieces. This is the computer's name
and it's components:

-COMPAQ LTE lite 4/33c
-HD: 1G
-Memory: 20
-Image: 96 (something like that)
-No CD drive, but there is one diskette drive
-There is no operating system

My question is that I want to install an operating system, I only
have Windows 95 diskettes... Will I be able to install it on the laptop?
If yes, do you mind telling me a step by step list how to install it?
If no, which operating system would i be able to install... THANKS

Happy Holidays!
 

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Old 12-28-04, 06:15 PM
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All you should need

to do is put in the 95 Setup Disk, usually disk1, and power up the computer. Most of the time setup runs automatically, just follow the prompts. (It's been along time since I've seen 95). If it doesn't, then at the A:>, then type "setup" (no quotes), press enter. That should do it.

You'll need device drivers for Win95 for all the parts in the computer, I found this link that should have everything you need. You'll need to download them, then transfer them to a floppy, then load them into your laptop. Usually you need to double click them to unzip them and then you can install the drivers. Also if you dig around, you should find install information there too.
Anyway, here is the link:

http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/fi...ate/3_874.html

You may also want to read over this post, it has info very similiar to what you're about to do (it's pretty long though):
http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=193006

If you have any more questions or run into problems, please let us know!!
 
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Old 12-28-04, 07:44 PM
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You would be wise to return this to your cousin and allow him to smash it to bits.

This computer will not current software. You will have a hard time finding software that does run on it.
 
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Old 12-29-04, 09:18 AM
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I have to agree with Bob here. It's just too old... You would have a hard time getting even Windows 95 to run on that, and certainly no modern software will. Ever...

My advice is to donate it or return it.

Nice thought, but it's just too old to be useful.

Chris
 
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Old 12-29-04, 02:32 PM
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it will make a great learning tool. go for it.
 
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Old 12-30-04, 01:10 PM
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k thanks,
but when i put in a diskette (this is what it's written on it):

V1456VQH-X INF
WIN95 & NT 4.0

The screen read: non-system or system diskette error

I have other diskettes but im not sure if they are
windows 95 install diskettes

and i can't find the A drive or A:>,

thanks (i feel so outdated talking about windows 95)
 
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Old 12-30-04, 01:20 PM
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The A drive is the floppy drive. Actually, the disks are rigid, not floppy. They are 3-1/2" wide.

Go to http://www.bootdisk.com and download a set of boot files for Windows 95. Follow the instructions to boot from the floppy you make, then use the Windows 95 CD to go from there.

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Old 12-30-04, 01:42 PM
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Actually, the disks are floppy. However, the disks are inside a hard plastic case. Originally floppy disks were 8 inches and in thin flexible cases. Then came 5 1/4 inch floppies in the same case. However, too many were getting damaged by getting bent, so they switched to hard plastic cases.

Windows 95 on 3.5 inch floppies comes on about 13 disks. I forget the exact number. One will be bootable, but will only allow you to install. You need all of them for the installation. When you get to the higher numbered diskettes you may not actually need them all, but without knowing what hardware you have, and what specific drivers are on each diskette, it's hard to say which exact ones you need.

If you have a diskette that even mentions NT4.0, it is not an official installation disk.
 
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Originally Posted by GardenGuru
k thanks,
but when i put in a diskette (this is what it's written on it):

V1456VQH-X INF
WIN95 & NT 4.0

The screen read: non-system or system diskette error

The bad news is, that's not a boot disk.

The good news is, that's probably your modem driver disk, and will be useful later...

You say you have Windows 95 diskettes...That would be a set of 20+ diskettes, all numbered. Is that what you have? If so, put in Disk 1. You should be able to boot off it.
 
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Question I guess not...

yeah i guess i don't have the diskettes
they are just files of Windows 95

I have a bootdisk though and it works...

But.. it tells me that

"sample.sys and config.sys on line 12 is missing or corrupted"

Would i be able to find a backup somewhere?

thanks for the help
 
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hi
used a 5 pound sledge hammer, you will find it after.
give it back to your cousin.

cheers

pg
 
 

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