|You may not need to install the F10 setup since it saw that no drive was present. With no F10 partition on the HD, most of the older compaqs needed to boot from a compaq setup disk in order to alter the cmos settings. Yours apparently has some ROM bios control.|
But anyway, I downloaded the F10 setup utility--sp1363.exe--and ran it. It created a floppy disk that looked like it should boot as it has io.sys, msdos.sys and config.sys on it. But it wouldn't boot up.
You need to boot up with a regular 95 or 98 bootdisk (do you have one?). Then take the bootdisk out and put in the disk created by running sp1363.exe. At the a:\> prompt type setup and enter. That should start the process. If it doesn't I can send you a bootdisk with the F10 setup utilities on it.
However, since the F10 partition will install on your hard drive, the drive needs to be connected. If you're still having problems with nothing showing on the screen when the new drive is connected, that's a problem that must be fixed first. Check the drives connections and jumpers if that's the case.