My problem is that when I put in a CD or Windows 98 boot floppy in the drive, the computer sees these, attempts to read from them, and then continues into XP. If I use BIOS to force the computer to boot from them, I get a message that there is no operating system. These disks work fine on my laptop.
The problems the computer is having with XP keeps me from doing anything once the OS is loaded. It won't get past the splash screen, except to pull up the task manager. Trying to run anything (either .exe or .com) triggers a message that these are not associated with a program. Booting into safe mode with command prompt doesn't help; either I get the same message, or the safe mode itself causes problems.
So I want to wipe the hard drive; anyone have any ideas how I can do it? I've tried both Win 98 startup disk as well as [bleep] Small Linux Startup Disk and [bleep] Small Linux cd, all of which should have booted, and all of which my computer refused to boot.