Having problems with your HP Vectra VL400 PC Desktop ?

An old machine but it's the one I use. The

\015 An old machine but it's the one I use. The Machine stopped working. After some work best I could get to was format C drive. Did so. Hoping to get back to my 'antiquated' PC. Re-installed Dos6 successfully but pc will not recognise the CD drive so that I can re-install Win95 and then win98. Would really appreciate any advice. Thanks\015

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I would go download DBaN or Darik's Boot and Nuke program. Burn it to a cd. Then run your machine and boot from the CD. Select the quick option and it will write zeros to the hd. Then you can shutdown and reboot it and boot from CD again with you 95 CD in the tray and it should take off with a nice flat surface. Less errors that way. If you have any driver issues go find a driver scanner like UniBlue Driver Scanner 2009 (you may have to torrent it although I'm not telling you to go get THAT one) it is the one that I use alot. Side note on your 95 CD if it is not a bootable CD then you can go to a torrent site and download a copy of WIN95 that is bootable. It is not illegal to download an OS from a torrent site IF you have a valid Key that you bought or that came with the machine.
There is nothing wrong with using an older PC !! If it works and meets your needs, it works.

You need to change the boot order, so that your PC will look for your CD drive, first.

  1. \015\012Enter the system Bios (setup) by pressing F2 at the \015\012HP splash screen. \015\012
  2. \015\012
  3. \015\012Go to the Boot Priority menu and \015\012check to make sure the CD-ROM is listed before the hard drive. \015\012
  4. \015\012
  5. \015\012In some BIOS utilities, Hardware Protection and \015\012Device Start Protection might be located under the security tab. Verify these \015\012settings are unlocked and enabled.
  6. \015\012
  7. Save your settings.
Then, restart your PC with the Windows 95 CD in the drive and run the install.

Hope this helps.

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