How does the CD work if there are no drivers loaded to enable it?
back to your original question, and may also help better explain what i am suggesting you do.
there has been a standard existing inside almost all cd-roms for 10 years known as el-torrito.
this standard allows the emulation of a floppy within the File Allocation Table of a CD-Rom.
since it has become an actual standard, all drives made in the last 8 years support it, as do many that are older.
the drivers to allow this magic exist inside the firmware of the cd-rom itself.
so, without needing a floppy to boot, the cd-rom has the ability to read an el-torrito boot cd, and emulate
a floppy disk, and it will even still show up as A:.
now, the biggest limitation of el-torrito, is that once you boot from it, the disc needs to stay in the drive, because that part of the CD is being used by the computer as a mounted floppy disk.
if you pull it out, the machine will ask you to insert the disk into drive a: and you will be stuck until you put it back.
however, this is not the large hurdle it sounds like, because there is still 700 megs worth of space on that cd, allowing it to still be a cd at the same time.
so you have a C: and a D:, you put the floppy in A: and the CD-rom is E:, correct?
if you use the el-torrito method, and insert the windows 98 cd's files onto it, then you can stick it in the cd-drive, on a machine with a dead or missing floppy, and it will boot, seeing the first part of the cd as A:, being a complete copy of the special boot disc you made, and also at the same time will still be a cd-rom existing at E:
i hope this explains it better, as i really think this is what you are needing.
While all the replys give me a work-around, none spells out what coding is required to do it myself.
as far as coding, there isn't any. you already made the most complicated adjustment, being to rewrite your boot floppy to not create a ramdrive.
the ony thing you will need, is the demo version of either nero cd burning rom, or roxio easy cd creator 5, or any other cd-burning utility that is capable of doing el-torrito.
the only other way of building a bootable cd is not simple, and i don't know anyone who knows how.