|DAVEINCAPS is right when he says the most easy solution is to buy a cheap CD/DVD drive.|
If you would live near me (I live in the Netherlands) I would give you a CD rom drive for free because I have too many old hardware lying around ;-).
For a long time I havent looked at ME, but yesterday I have installed ME on a 'super' computer I made from spare parts (Celeron III @ 1Ghz, 256 Mb Ram, 80Gb IDE drive).
The ME installation CD I have is not bootable for some reason (its a Microsoft Select Volume License CD) so I ran into similar problems.
The most easy solution was to startup from a Windows 98 CD with support for a CD/DVD drive and after starting changing the 98 CD with the ME installation CD. (then at the DOS prompt: change to D: ---> CD WIN9X --> setup.exe)
If you are not able to get a CD Rom drive here's what you can do:
Remove the harddisk and prepare it on another computer.
You already did a FAT32 format I guess, but you also have to copy the content of the WinME installation directory (WIN9X) to a directory on this harddrive.
Now you can boot from an MS-DOS floppy, change to the C: drive and go the WIN9X directory and start the setup.exe from there.
Its quite similar to what I did myself yesterday, but you have to prepare your harddisk first on another computer.
I thinks it is the most simple and easy solution, so forget about using USB or Linux loaders and other bootdisks (although WinME supports USB after installation, it is not recommended to rely on USB before installion of ME....)
BTW my ME machine is superfast, it boots in less than 10 seconds ! (about 5 seconds when I start counting from "Verifying DMI pool data" which is part of the Bios ;-)
The reason why I am preparing it is because I have bought a very good second hand PCI soundcard (Guillemot Maxi Studio Isis) which I am going to use
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