I booted up to Western Digital formatting disk with dianostic tools on it. I went through the formatting procedure and inserted a standard Win98SE startup disk when prompted to do so. The RAMDRIVE was created on D: and my CD drive became E:. So I put in the Win98SE install CD, swtiched to the E: drive and typed setup. Win98 went thru its familiar system check without incident, ran scandisk and started to copy/load files. Almost immediealy, I get the message "Error loading system.drv and I am retunred to the E: prompt.
Here is what I've done to resolve this. First I checked the memory module using a utility called "DocMemory". No errors detected after a number of "loops" through this program. That didn't resolve the problem. I also made sure I set the BIOS to standards defaults. That didn't work. I set the BIOS to optimized defaults. That didn't work. I tried copying the contents of the CD Win98 to the C: drive in a Win98 directory and running setup from C:. All the files copied OK but running setup from C: made no difference. Originally I tried all of this in the same computer except with a 40 gig WD Caviar hard drive with more use on it than the 10 gig drive I described above. But a surface scan of the 40 gig drive reported numerous errors so I decided to try the same configuration with the 10 gig WD drive with much less wear-n-tear on it. But it doesn't matter. I get the same message "Error loading system.drv with either hard drive. Curiously, I get the same error report running a surface scan on both drives. Not likely both are bad. Anti-Virus is disabled in the BIOS.