Installing Windows 98
Iridium Starbook 201

1 Collins Road
Heathcote Estate
CV34 6TF

Tel: 08700 667 999   Fax: 08700 667 888
:   Website :


This booklet has been designed to help the novice user to set up their Iridium Starbook 201 notebook computer with Windows 98. Some knowledge of computers is required to follow through this booklet. If you experience any difficulties when setting up the software, contact Customer Services.

Please ensure all extra devices (PC cards, Modems, Network cards, external mice etc.) are removed before starting this installation.

If you have any queries regarding any part of this installation, please do not hesitate to contact the Technical Support Department.

Please have the following disks and CD’s to hand, as theses will be required during the process of installing Windows to your hard drive.

This Installation process may take up to 2 hours to install depending on the speed of your machine. Please backup any files required, as the hard drive is going to be completely wiped clean.

If there is an Operating System on your hard drive already installed, please follow the Fdisk Document Enclosed.

How To Use The F-disk program on your StarBook 201 using Windows 98

F-disk is a dos based program that allows you remove any partitions from the hard drive and format the drive before installing any operating system.

Boot from a boot disk by inserting a boot disk and switching your machine on. Instructions on how to create a boot disk are on the next page under creating a save to disk partition

  1. At “A:\>” Type “Fdisk” and Press Enter.
  2. Enter the fdisk by pressing [Y]
  3. Display Partition Information by pressing [4] and note the partitions present
  4. Press ESC to get back to the main menu and delete the partitions present by choosing number [3] Delete Partition or Logical DOS Drive
  5. You need to remove non DOS Partitions and Primary DOS Partition by selecting [4] Select delete non-DOS Partition and Press Enter
  6. Press ESC to get back to the main menu and delete the partitions present by choosing number [3] Delete Partition or Logical DOS Drive again
  7. Select [1] delete Primary DOS partition and Press Enter
  8. Select what Primary Partition you want to delete, It should be preset to [1] and Press Enter
  9. Enter the volume this should be non, unless specified across the top and Press Enter
  10. You will be conformed with a message “Are you sure”, Press [Y] for Yes and Enter
  11. After removing Partition[s] press ESC to go back to the main screen.
  12. Check to see if all partitions are removed by selecting [4] View Partition Information there should no Partitions defined and press Esc and reboot the machine.

Creating a Save To Disk Partition On Your Starbook 201 For Windows98

A save to disk partition is used by your machine where the data is stored if you use the suspend feature on your machine or if battery power is low.

If you wish to install a save to disk partition please follow the steps below before proceeding further.

Follow the instructions :

  1. Create a Win98 Boot from your own machine. If you can boot up into Windows 98.
  2. This is done by inserting a floppy disk into drive and click on the start tab in windows and then settings then control panel then add/remove software.
  3. Once in add/remove software click on the start-up disk and then create disk. Click ok to continue with the set-up after labelling the disk “Start up disk”, wait the files to be copied.
  4. Insert the notebook driver CD into CDROM, wait for the CD to auto run, if the CD doesn’t auto run double click my computer and double click [D] drive.
  5. Once [D] drive opens double click on the utlity folder and send the “ 0vmakfil “ file to floppy drive [A] with the boot disk you created in the drive. Wait for the files to be copied.
  6. Insert the boot disk created into the [A] drive before the machine is switched on and restart the machine so the machine boots from the boot disk.
  7. At the [A] prompt type in “ 0vmakfil ”, wait for s2d software to install, after installation reboot machine.

Your save to disk partition is set-up and you mat proceed with the installation of Windows 98 below.

Complete Reinstall


These instructions assume a completely blank Hard Disk. If there is an Operating System on your hard drive already please follow the Fdisk Document Enclosed.

  1. Switch The StarBook 201 On and, when prompted, press CTRL ALT S to enter setup
  2. Select Start-up->Boot Device and change sequence so that CDROM is first, Diskette second and Hard Drive third.
  3. Click OK and then Exit and then Click save and Exit followed ok to confirm.
  4. Insert the Windows98 Second Edition CD into the CDROM drive and wait for the machine to reboot.
  5. Choose “Boot from CD” when prompted
  6. Choose “Start Computer with CDROM Support”
  7. Insert floppy disk with save to disk partition ( if required ) and restart the machine with disk in the floppy disk drive. Wait for the software to install
  8. Reinsert Window 98 CDROM and reboot
  9. Choose “Boot from CDROM”, then “Start Windows 98 setup from CDROM”
  10. Press enter to Continue and then “Configure unallocated Space”
  11. Select “Yes to Large Disk Support” and then Return to reboot
  12. Choose “Boot from CDROM” and then “Start Windows 98 setup from CDROM”
  13. Wait while drive is formatted, this may take a few minutes
  14. Press Enter to continue
  15. Choose Continue, Click Next to copy files to “C:Windows”.
  16. We recommend that you do a typical installation if unsure what to install
  17. Install the “Show Me a List of Components” and then select everything – but for an easier installation you may select the “Recommended” option” if unsure of what to install.
  18. Select “United Kingdom”, then Next, Windows will copy files to your hard drive estimated time is specified on the left hand side of screen.
  19. The computer will then reboot
  20. Choose “Boot from Hard Disk”
  21. Read the license agreement and, if you accept, click on “I accept the agreement”
  22. Click next and then carefully enter the Product ID number found on your certificate of Authenticity and Click next
  23. Then select Finish
  24. Windows will detect all plug and play devices on your machine.
  25. After a short time the computer will reboot again
  26. Select “Boot from Hard Disk” again
  27. The computer will work for a few minutes and then reboot
  28. Select “Boot from Hard disk” again
  29. Enter a password if you wish – although this is not necessary
  30. Please wait while Windows installs new hardware and continues starting up.
  31. Congratulations, you have now installed Windows 98

Installation of Video drivers on StarBook 201 under Windows 98

  1. Reboot machine into windows
  2. Double click on my computer and [D] drive for CDROM
  3. Double click the Video folder
  4. Double click Windows98 folder
  5. Scroll down and double the set-up represented by a computer monitor
  6. Click next and install and typical installation
  7. Click next again once the installation location is found
  8. Wait for the installation to complete and click yes to restart the machine

The logo in the middle of the screen can be removed from display properties. Select display properties and settings set the screen are area to 800x600 and 16bit color.

Installation of Sound Drivers on Starbook 201 Under Windows 98

  1. Windows98 sound driver would be found on the notebook driver supplied with the machine.
  2. Right click on my computer and select properties and then device manager
  3. Double click multimedia audio controller listed under other devices
  4. Click on reinstall driver and click next
  5. Get the wizard to search for the drivers as recommended by windows, so click next
  6. Uncheck floppy disk and check the specify location box and the CDROM drive boxes with a tick and click next
  7. Type D:\Win98\audio and click ok tab at the top of the window
  8. The wizard will search for drivers please wait and when complete and found new drivers click next, wait for drivers to be copied.
  9. Click finish to complete the installation

The Sound drivers are now installed – to test reboot the computer and you should hear a jingle as Windows restarts

Installation of Modem on Starbook 201 Under Windows 98p

  1. Right click My Computer and select properties and then device manager from windows
  2. Double click PCI device
  3. Click on reinstall driver tab
  4. Click the next tab and next again to search for drivers as recommended by windows
  5. Uncheck the floppy disk box and check the specify location box, then click next to continue
  6. Copy manufactures files from D:\ and click the browse tab, browse CDROM drive and double click modem folder, select win98 folder and install drivers

Installation of the internal network card using Windows 98 on Starbook 201

  1. Double click my computer and select [D] Drive
  2. Double click LAN folder and then double click windows98 folder
  3. Double click set-up icon represented by and computer
  4. Click next and yes to continue with installation
  5. Once finished click finish and restart windows.