|All situations boot order.|
The Boot Order or similar list in the Progear's bios Setup should be set to
Floppy drive, or similar, if there's one to select.
(It doesn't matter if you list it if the computer doesn't have one. In older bioses, if you do have one, it it must be first because if it's after CD drive or similar a bootable floppy disk in the drive will NOT be recognized as bootable while booting the computer.)
CD drive or similar
Network boot or similar should always be listed after hard drive unless thev computer normally connects to an institutional or business network.
If you can't select removable drive or USB drive in the boot order list, your bios does NOT support booting from anything USB connected.
However it MAY support booting from a bootable floppy in a USB drive floppy drive, ONLY.
"need one at a time with step by step..."
See the last part of response 8.
The link there takes you to more info and then to 3 responses in another link that have step by step instructions.
Modify those instructions for your case....
If you want to install 98SE or ME on the drive.....
NOTE that the version of IE included with 98SE and ME no longer works properly on the internet.
and download IE 6.0, the highest version that works in ME and previous.
and download version 7.11 ? (the last Opera browser version that was designed to work in ME and previous - newer versions can be installed but you have to do some tweaking)
98SE and ME cannot recognize NTFS hard drive partitions.
If you boot the other computer from a 98SE or ME CD, if all the other hard drive partitions on the computer on any other hard drives connected to the computer are NTFS, the only hard partitions their CDs can see are FAT32 or FAT partitions.
After the CD has loaded it's intial files, at the command propmpt, type Fdisk.
Make sure it's your Progear drive - the info I found said the Progear's original drive is 5.6gb, or ~5340 mb binary size (1,024 mb per gb, whatever size it is. Divide the manufacturer's size by 1.073741824 = it's binary size, which is what Fdisk, Format, and the operating system detects)
press 5 - change current disk drive - to see the sizes of attached drives, if there is more than one.)
NOTE that 98SE's Fdisk version on the CD has bugs that prevent drives or partitions on drives > 64gb binary being see as their full size - when that exceeds 64gb binary Fdisk subtracts 64gb (65,536mb) binary, or mutiples of it, from the detected size.
ME doesn't have that problem.
Delete all existing partitions with Fdisk.
Make at least one partition on the Progear drive.
If you want more than one partition on it (it's wise to have at least two), type in a smaller size for the first partition than the default figure - 1,024mb per gb..
The first partition should be at least, say, 3gb - 3,072mb
If you make only two, the second one only needs to be large enough to copy personal data to you don't want to lose to. E.g. 1gb - 1,024mb
Type Format (drive letter) at the prompt to Format each partition.
If all the other hard drive partitions on the computer on any other hard drives connected to the computer are NTFS, the only hard partitions Format can detect are the ones on the Progear drive, so
Type: Format C: for the first partition, press Enter,
type: Format D: for the second partition, press Enter etc.
When that's done type: Setup , press Enter to install 98SE or ME on the first partition.
Copy the \Win98 folder (or \Win9x from a ME CD) from the Windows CD to the first partition - you do that so you don't need to insert the CD when Windows wants to install something from the CD - point Windows to C:\Win98 (or \Win9x for ME) instead.
Copy at least the IE 6.0 install file onto the C partition.
You could also copy the Opera install file and the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1 install file (see below) onto it too.
Remove the drive, install it on the Progear.
Windows should load fine and install generic drivers for the Progear's hardware while loading Windows.
Then you install drivers - main chipset drivers and drivers for anything else that wasn't built into Windows.
E.g. for an Intel main chipset, you can download the laptop main chipset drivers - INF Update Utility - from their web site.
Install at least the IE 6.0 install file.
Go to the Windows Update page on the Microsoft web site and do an Express Search and load all listed updates
The Adobe site auto lists the last version of the Flash and Shockwave players that work in ME and previous.
I recommend you use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.1, available here:
because higher versions load slowly on ME and previous and use up more drive space.