Okay, this is driving me kind of crazy. Maybe one of you who've gotten 98se up and running on the WS can help me understand what I'm doing wrong. I've got a WS wired up to power the HD (working). It's got two identical 16 meg DIMMs in it (one original and one from another WS). I'm using a Promise EIDEMAXII ISA IDE controller.
I've got everything set up so that I can boot off the 1 gig drive I've got hooked up. I'm also able to boot with my ATAPI CD-ROM drive as a slave and my HD as the master. Everything is disabled in the WS BIOS (the USB, IO ports, IDE, etc). Using this configuration, I run setup from the Win98SE CD. Setup seems to run just fine, rebooting when needed. After the first reboot, I enter the normal information (CD key, etc) and as usual, it reboots a second time (this time to boot into windows).
I get the Windows splash screen, but then instead of Windows comming up, I get the "It is now safe to turn off your computer" screen?! What the heck? Then if I reboot, it just hangs endlessly on the Windows splash screen. I've tried this a couple of times, once with a 540 meg drive, with the same effects.
Do I maybe not have the BIOS options configured correctly? Do I need to flash the BIOS before installing windows (I didn't think that was needed just to get it running)? I know I'll eventually want to Win98 Lite it, but I just want to get it running once first.
Please, can someone who's gotten windows running let me know what I might try? Suggestions from anybody else would also be really appreciated, of course. Thanks - this is making me nutz!