Install win98se with a non-bootable cd-rom.

I am trying to install win98se on a newly formatted hdd. The installation cd that I have is not bootable. I can boot to dos from a floppy. I have a 98se startup disk(floppy) from the machine I am using now. Can someone walk me through this? I have so much written info that my head is swimming. I need some human help!!
thegrizAsked:
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thegrizAuthor Commented:
Hi jvuz. I already have that one printed out. I can't decipher it or any of the other printed helps. What I need is someone to babysit me through this. I am doing(or not doing) some little thing wrong & I can't see what it is. I am in hopes that one of you guys has had the same experience & can beat the solution through my thick head!
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rindiCommented:
When you boot to your Floppy, do you get access to your CD Rom? If yes, go to your CD drive, then enter cd \win98 and then enter Setup.exe.

Your system should now start to install...
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tmirelesCommented:
If your Windows 98 boot floppy gives you an option to start with CD support or install from CD choose that option.  If it does not then when you boot to the 98 floppy type setup at the A: prompt.  This should launch the 98 setup as long as this boot floppy you are using is truely a 98 setup disk.

If you have any more questions keep posting.

Tony
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thegrizAuthor Commented:
Hi Tony. No luck with "start with cd-rom support". The 98 floppy  is the startup disk that I made for my own machine. It will display the help files but won't start the cd-rom.
      Ray
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rindiCommented:
If you build the floppy from a running Windows 98  system via "control panel, Add / Remove Software", the drivers for many CD Rom drives should copied to the floppy. When you boot with that floppy it should load the drivers for CD Rom and you should then also be able use that drive.
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thegrizAuthor Commented:
Thanks rindi! That was point on! I'm installing as we speak!
    thegriz
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rindiCommented:
Always happy to help.
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tmirelesCommented:
Glad that all worked out.  I thought you had an actual windows 98 install floppy.  Sorry.
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thegrizAuthor Commented:
Hi tmireles. Nothin' to be sorry about. Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. I tried to. I didn't know that there was a windows 98 install floppy available. There must be a bunch in a set! I don't really know all the ettiquette of this site so I'll ask this. Was I supposed to split the points on the question? If I was I apologize!
     thegriz
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tmirelesCommented:
You only split the points if you thought your question was answered by a combination of different ideas from people.  So if an answer from person A and and answer from person B helped then the point split would be a nice thing to do for all involved.  If on the same token you solved your own question after trying to troubleshoot the problem while doing in here then you can post the solution and then ask for your points to be refunded.

In this case rindi was the one that called that so I think you made the right choice.  By the way Windows 98 (at least second edition) has 1 install floppy that is used for setup in the event that the computer bios did not support boot up from a CDROM and only supported the floppy.  The only real thing it did was have the setup information for the CD and load the CDROM drivers so that you can install from the CD.  Also has fdisk on it so that you can reformat your drive.

It sounds like all worked out so.....good luck to you.

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thegrizAuthor Commented:
Is that floppy anything like the startup floppy that I used? The one I made in add/remove programs for my own machine?
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tmirelesCommented:
Not really.  The startup floppy would have prompted you if you wanted to start the installation from the CD or CDROM with support of no CDROM.  However the floppy that you used that you made essentially loads the drivers for the CDROM which is what in the end you really need so......

Not a real big deal if you don't have the floppy and you are already installing.  If you had the floppy it would say on it Windows 98 setup disk or something like that.
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thegrizAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input buddy. Noted & filed!
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