no dos prompt with startup disk

I have just installed a new mother board in my kids pc.  Before dismanteling the old system, I formatted the hard drive.

With the new mother board installed the system starts up just fine and seems to regognize everything.  However, I can't get it to start from a startup disk.  

I get a message "Verifying DMI pool..." and the system just sits.

Is the BIOS setup wrong or am I trying to load Windows wrong?  I have a 95 setup disk and CD, also a 98 2nd ed. upgrade CD which I would like to use if I can get up and running.
mikeysAsked:
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rayt333Commented:
When you formatted the HD, was the HD set up with FAT or FAT32? If it was FAT32 and you are using a Win95 bootdisk then that may be your problem. Do you have a Win98 bootdisk you can use?
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dew_associatesCommented:
Mikey, are you getting any activity from the floppy drive at all. Are the cables attached correctly?

DMI pooling is part of the bios boot and is the final configuration of the dynamic side of the bios before the system looks for command.com on the floppy or the hard drive.

Check to make sure that you have the ribbon cable attached to the motherboard and floppy correctly. Red edge stripe to #1 pin on the motherboard and the floppy drive.

Also, you don't need to install 95 before installing from that 98SE upgrade disk, this can be worked around.

If you need a win98 boot disk, you can get one here, just download what you need, expand it and save to a bootable floppy.

http://www.bootdisk.com/

Let me know how you make out!
Dennis
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chewymonCommented:
Have you tried setting the CMOS to boot from CD-ROM?  Most modern boards support this.  If so, you can boot directly from the Win95 CD-ROM.

The other thing is if you have the ribbon cable to the floppy or HD reversed, many machines will stall at exactly the point you mention.
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larrypaloozaCommented:
In Win98 w/ new motherboard, you should make sure you load updated Secondary IDE drivers for Win98 specific to you r motherboard.  Boot to safe mode and load drivers from motherboard CD.  Otherwise, when upgrading w/ new motherboard, BIOS settings may need tweaks.  Check PNP O/S to be ENABLED, PCI assignment on AUTO.  Gooten Lucken!
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dew_associatesCommented:
Larry, that shouldn't be necessary unless that new motherboard is using a chipset recently released, such as the 800 series or Althon.
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riyazCommented:
mikeys,
just check the BIOS setup whether booting from a floppy is enabled or not.and check the Bootable floppy disk also.some times the disk could be has errors on it..try with another disk.
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sdland1Commented:
set the bios to boot sequence A C scsi from the command prompt type sys a: c: from a working machine if youve got a win 98 CD set the bios to boot the CDROM first and insert the cd rom most win 98 cd are bootable
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sdland1Commented:
ps the upgrade is not bootable and must have a previos version of windows installed to run
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rayt333Commented:
sdland1
Your proposed answer has already been made in a comment. Did you read the comments before you posted?  It really looks like you are trying to steal some points here?  if not then please change your proposed answer to a comment.


mikeys
Please reject the proposed answer since it has been mentioned already in other comments. Don't support the ones who only copy comments and post as the answer.
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mikeysAuthor Commented:
sdland1's answer could have been correct but as was mentioned, the same possible correct answer had been posted a few minutes before.  I doubt sdland copied the answer, he/she just didn't see the previous answer.  Also, I have an upgrade CD.

It turns out the most correct answer so far dew associates.  The boot floppy was bad, but it took me several hours before I snapped to to look at it on another machine.
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rayt333Commented:
mikeys
" I doubt sdland copied the answer"    
Yes he did and he has done this on several questions, he also had two accounts and was harassing other users so he has been booted. You did the correct thing here.

Check out this link:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=commspt&qid=10281044 
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dew_associatesCommented:
Thanks Mikey's! I'm just glad your back up and running!
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