Setup won't load up

Microsoft Windows 98se oem (license)
January 16, 2010 at 09:35:08
Specs: windows 98se
Hi all, trying to load up windows 98se. Have tried numerous hard drives and all have the same problem. I have partitioned the hard drive and formatted it. When I try to load win98, it performs a series of scans and says that hard drive is not compatible with windows. I have gone back and checked via 'fdisk'. sometimes format is unknown, sometimes it is fat 32. I have tried to load setup from A:prompt by typing D: and then setup.exe/is I have done this a few times and generally it stalls. It is does not stall, the computer starts bleeping and I get half a screen of A, E's and hearts etc. It is an old computer but I did manage to load it on a previous hard drive successfully until it went click click and that was the end of it.
The motherboard is chaintech CT-6BTA3. The CPU is pentium 3 450 MHz and I have 128MB ram but can add more. The hardrive currently installed is 20 Gig, most of which is available.
I think I have tried everything but am open to all suggestions. Thanks Ian

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January 16, 2010 at 11:00:14
If you are getting a near immeiate error message, then is something wrong there. Fix that, or borrow a HD from someone. I have a couple that are dead to the world right now, and it get error mesaage about 1/3rd the way in.


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January 16, 2010 at 19:03:50
When it says the drive isn't compatible with windows, what is the exact wording of that message?

If you run fdisk on the drive and it says 'unknown' under system that means the drive isn't formatted. If you're sure the drive IS formatted then you likely have a bad IDE cable or the IDE cable has a bad/loose connection.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.

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January 17, 2010 at 08:55:08
What file format and what partition size and drive size are you using?

What are you using to partition and format?

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January 18, 2010 at 06:56:02
thanks but all replies went into spam box. Have now donated PC and other bits to someone more experienced!

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