I am trying to prepare a laptop HD for installing into an I/O and cannot get the thing to boot on my PC. I have followed the instructions found here and across other sites by
1)using the 40pin-->44pin converter,
2)booting my PC with a win98 boot disk
3)fdisk 2 partitions, set primary active, format each, sys the primary, and copy \win98 setup files + drivers
Within DOS, everything seems intact, but when I try to boot my PC with the HD, it puts the characters "LI" on my screen and stops... any ideas???
FYI...The last install on that HD was a Linux install, but I figured that the whole fdisk and format operation would wipe that boot image off the disk?? is that not the case? Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
P.S. --> Should I not get this I/O hack working (this is my first hack and my patience is running thin), I will be glad to sell this thing to someone cheap. I have an I-opener from Jan. 2000 with the 4 cut IDE header pins and no goop on the BIOS. The boot screen is black with just I-opener across it so I think the BIOS is OK as is. I already have the modded IDE cable, PS2 Y-splitter, and a new Linksys USB NIC (the new tiny one the size of a Sony memory stick, but thicker obviously).
I would have really liked to salvage this thing after Netpliance, Earthlink, and AT&T all fu**ed my mom by dropping service for the I/O, but I then found that these guys also screwed me by cutting the IDE header pins. If anyone has an address for any of those dipsh*t execs from Netpliance, let me know.... I'd like to drop this thing back off on their doorstep or through their window. Then you guys can dig it out of their trash the next day and hack it