|What's the model number of the presario? That must have been quite a system back in 2000 to come with a 250 gig drive.|
Well anyway, the partition size consideration I mentioned above is still true. While there are fixes for that:
it'd be easier to just keep the partitions to 120 gig or less.
And you'll need the updated FDISK, the ME fdisk or a third party utility to partition correctly above 64 gig:
Also, 512 ram is where 98 started having problems--kind of too much of a good thing. Although it shouldn't be a factor in your installation you may want to drop the ram to something like 256 meg and do the install.