Readers runs a Windows pentathlon-- YAU PC
by Alan Zisman (c)
1999. First published
in Vancouver Computes,
Xin Yu Qiu wondered:
1. In Windows 95, I made a startup disk as the
recommended. However, I notice that there was no CD-ROM driver in the
And as long as I know, the CD-ROM driver is located in the hard drive.
In other words, if I completely reformat my hard drive, my Windows 95
can not recognize the CD-ROM when the computer is
how can I use the Windows 95 CD to re-install Windows 95? I guess
98 would bein the same case.
2. I heard that Windows 98 is "CD-ROM bootable".
Would you like to
tell me what the statement meant? Is it mean I can reformat my hard
put the Windows 98 CD in, restart my computer, and the CD-ROM can be
so that I can re-install Windows 98?
3. I know the new hard drive is UltraDMA. However,
I don't know what
UltraDMA33 and UltraDMA66 are? Would you like to explain what the two
meant? I guess the 33 and 66 have to do with the speed (I am not sure).
However, I have checked that ASUS P2B-F motherboard's (the motherboard
I want in my new PC) Onboard PCI IDE only support UltraDMA33. Does this
mean that even if I buy a UltraDMA66 it only can work as UltraDMA33? Is
it possible to buy a separate hard drive controller that supports
and then buy a UltraDMA66 hard drive?
4. I heard only Windows 98 2nd Edition supports
>8.4GB hard drive
without partitioning. Is this true? How could I check if it is 2nd
when I got the CD from the retailer and after it is installed on the
5. What does FAT32 mean? I heard it got to do with
hard disk partition?
How can I check if my hard disk is FAT32 in Windows 95/98?
1. The W98 boot disk is a step up-- it includes
generic CD-ROM drivers
that work in most cases. With W95, you can either track down and
install the DOS drivers that SHOULD HAVE come w. your CD-ROM drive, or
copy the WIN95 folder from the CD onto the hard drive prior to
2. Most newer computers can be set, in the BIOS, to
check the CD-ROM
for a boot-able CD.
Never do anything drastic like formatting the hard
drive without testing
first that you can, in fact, access the CD drive as desired.
3. 100% correct-- 33 and 66 are maximum hard drive
access speeds-- it
MegaBits per second. Without UltraDRMA66 support, you'll only be able
access the drive at the slower rate-- unless you buy an add-on
4. Not true-- I have a 10 gig partition with the
original W98 running
right here. W98 Second Edition (SE) has gone to manufacturing, but is
officially available yet-- when it is (pretty soon), you'll be able to
check it the same way you can check any Win9x version-- right click on
My Computer, and choose Properties from the popup menu
5. FAT32 is a modification of the file system, to
allow support of drive
partitions larger than 2 gigs (the FAT16 limit). If you have a
larger than 2 gigs, you're using FAT32-- which you can confirm by
on the C-drive icon, and choosing Properties.
Greg Reid asked
I've got a couple Win95 machines hooked up on a
When either computer boots, it
hits this login screen asking for a user name.
I'm a little
tired of this interruption as it loads the OS and
directory. Is there a line I can add to a batch
file to avoid
it? I don't use passwords, for file sharing, etc.
On each machine: go to the Network Control Panel, and
change the Primary
Network Logon to 'Windows Logon'.
Restart... you'll be asked for a name and password--
enter a new name
(one you haven't used for logons before), and leave the password blank.
You'll be asked to confirm the blank password-- do so
by just pressing
You won't be asked to logon again.