I got a WinME boot disk....it starts that up fine...then i used to fdisk and formatted the master boot record....i restarted and that didnt do a thing and i tried some of the others things onthe boot disk to....i just ran command.com and it told me to restart after it did some stuff....
what else could it be?
should i throw my hard drive in there to see if it starts up?
Before you start swapping around hard drives, I'd think the best way to fix the problem would be to blow away the partitions on the disk, recreate them, format them, and then try to reinstall WinME.
You can remove the partitions with a disk utility from the hard drive manufacturer.. which will let you low level format or erase the disk. This kind of utility will also allow you to run tests on the hard drive in case of something like bad sectors. The low level formatting will mark any bad sectors, so data can't be written to these areas again.
If the Master Boot Record happens to contain a virus, low level formatting will remove it.
Then I'd use a regular Win98SE boot disk with the FDISK utility to recreate the partition(s). Format normally with the boot disk, and then try to reinstall WinME.
If this doesn't work, there may be other, more serious issues, such as with the IDE controller, or the hard drive itself.
The disk utility should give you an indication if the hard drive is the source of the problem.
If after this, you still can't boot into Windows, then swap out the hard drive, and see if the system can boot. If not, the mainboard may need repaired or replaced.