Have you changed any hardware in this machine, such as the video card? Doing that might affect the display if the drivers aren't there.
However, there may be a way around the problem. You need to have a win98 or winME boot floppy. You also need to know where the installation files are for the OS. They may be in a folder called install or cabs. It might be windows/options/install or cabs. If you can boot into safe mode, often you can, you may not need the floppy.
In the install folder where you cabinet files are you need to make a file called msbatch.inf, just rename a .txt file to that. It needs to have these entries.
where the actual product key, including the dashes, is placed between the quotation marks. If there is already an msbatch.inf file there, just add the product key line to the [setup] category. You can use the edit function of the boot floppy to make the file there or to edit the existing file, or you can make it on the boot floppy and copy it to the install folder.
If you have a friend who is well acquainted with win98 you can ask them to help you.
After you've done this and rebooted the Setup should automatically pick up the product key and continue the installation process without prompting.
Edited by Tyger, 01 March 2008 - 09:08 PM.