Ok, I have had an older system lying around for awhile, a Celeron 366 which I was going to fix up and give to my dad. Well, I setup the system, put in the old 4 gig HD, Cpu, 256 SDram, Cd drive, floppy and enabled the onboard video...had everything setup, then turned it on hoping for the best, well everything seemed to be going well, the power worked, the system booted up and I was greeted with the nice black bios boot screen, everything seemed great, but then it got to the part of bootup where it lists the Hard drive and Cd Cdrom before booting to windows and then nothing...just a frozen screen. It just stays frozen at the HD/CDROM listing...it wont even boot off floppy, or a CD so i can install windows!! And the thing is, I know that the HD is good, I just pulled it out of my other system, same with the CD drive! I have no idea what is wrong with it and why it wont get past the listing! Please help me out here!
I would try getting into the bios, and check the boot order. Boot to a win98 bootdisk, if available, delete main partition, create new one, and install windows. Or simply let windows cd create partition and format hardrive. Check your cables again. You can also try using the cmos jumper with power supply unplugged. Move it over one position for a few seconds, and return to normal operating position.