|Hell Matt, I've tried to duplicate the problem on 2 98Se machines...with no luck. I do have a couple of nice clean installs though. :)|
Only time I had this particular problem a reinstall solved it. Only other thing was a couple machines gave me trouble with Windows Installer 1.x. Seems like a later version download from MS when doing updates fixed at least one of those. I think the other had L1 and/or L2 cache disabled in BIOS.
I'm sure you've already covered all the bases I can think of.
If any disk overlay, it's is done before formatting
Windows install is done on the laptop? Probably from a folder on the hdd?
Libretto drivers all install OK?
External cd-rom drivers installed OK?
Out of curiousity, will your cd-rom drive boot if you use a 98se or Me startup cd and work with the real mode drivers on a boot disk?
Yeah; more questions. A few years ago I was pulling out my hair over stuff like this and now I'm like a Pentagon General...CRS.