I needed a laptop on win98 to run a specific program that won't run on XP, so I got an old one that was had run 98 but had been upgraded. I loaded the 98 cd and rebooted from it, got the blue setup screen saying what partition do you want 98 in. I chose the active partition and it looked like it was about to reformat, then came back with an error msg that it couldn't format. Then I loaded a win98 boot disk and restarted the laptop to format or fdisk the HD. I could fdisk and make the partition active but that didn't solve the problem. So, I restarted the computer with the floppy and was going to format the disk and then repartition it, but there was no format listed on the A:. I made another floppy from a reliable source but after loading it the A drive Dir still did not show it. I then put in a floppy with only Format.com on it and did a Directory search. The A drive still showed the same dir that it had before. I then realized that no matter what I stuck in the a drive it was always coming up with the same Dir listing, without Format.com. This is a Compaq Presario 1200(old). I have gone to the bios and made sure it was going to the floppy first.