> You might be right but I can't get to a prompt where I can install or
> re-install windows so I would prefer to fix this problem if possible
> than format my hard drive which at the moment is the only option: I did
> manage to get half-way to an F5 start but it gav me an error message and
> then on the next line said Wi_ with the underline being a blinking cursor
> with no further action. (The clicking and buzzing did start all over
> at that point.) There arent any cab files on the hard drive. Can I go to
> a dos prompt from a floppy start and then run simple setup from there?
I think not. Windows 98 was installed by copying an image from a CD to your
hard-drive. The early images didn't contain CAB files IIRC. Do you have one
quickrestore CD or two?