First post, by winrick
I pulled the old Windows 95 family computer out of the closet a few weeks ago so I could pull the data off, and I noticed the hard drive was failing. I thought I would like to reinstall some old Windows version on it, and based on what I read here Windows 98 SE should be good for this system. It's a got Pentium Pro 200 mhz CPU with 64 mb RAM and a decent (for its day) video card.
A few things are working against me though. The CMOS battery is dead, and it's one of those Dallas modules that are soldered to the motherboard. The motherboard will boot from CD-ROM in theory, but it's a non-default BIOS option, which of course gets erased after I change it. I can also in theory boot from the floppy drive, which would allow me to access install files installed on the hard drive, but my Win95 startup disks appear to be no longer working. I understand that you need to format the hard drives using fdisk on some old DOS in order for it to be recognized, but I could be wrong about that.
Anyway, I am just wondering if there is anything else I can do to get Windows installed on this old machine, apart from modding the RTC or replacing it with a new one. I really like the idea of getting a working CMOS in there, but I have no experience in soldering and while I am up for a challenge, it really doesn't strike me as a good job for a first-timer.