none of these. nothing loads up. The screen is blank (pitch black) with flashing cursor. There is no way around itWhen you say it will not boot, what does it do? Does it restart while Windows is loading? Do you get a BSOD?
If you get a BSOD, please post the entire error. If it just restarts, when you get to the boot menu, select Disable Restart on System Failure, and boot. Then post the BSOD message.
It detects it as having a capacity of 2.7 GB, so yes it detects my harddrive, the rest as far as detecting any errors is puzzling.Can you go into the BIOS at all? Does it detect your hard disk there?
No... Dice...Also, can you get to the F8 boot menu?
...but does it explain why my keyboard freezes up when I attempt to F8. Usually when I press and hold any key for a certain period of time, it would beep constantly until I release it, indicating a corrupt file or files, yes, indicating an issue with the mbr or the partition as mentioned by hwm54112. No dice on that. Any input?The compaq logo followed by a flashing cursor is indicative of an issue with the mbr - bios passes the boot process to the mbr which then passes the boot process to the active partition and boot files. if not found, the system sits there flashing a cursor at you. the fix should be fdisk /mbr however, I don't recall all the ins and outs of win 98 so you might want to check into the command a bit before proceeding. If it were an issue you could fix with last known good/safe mode or device boot order you'd likely see an "insert system disk" error
How can you determine whether the keyboard is freezing up or the computer is freezing? All you have is a flashing cursor. If the computer freezes, the keyboard won't work...but does it explain why my keyboard freezes up when I attempt to F8.
Actually, it indicates a keyboard error, specifically a buffer overrun (the keyboard buffer is filled and your still pressing the key), the beeping being a warning generated by bios, not a corrupt file. Another aspect that could come into play in that scenario is the bios setting that dicates on what errors will cause bios to stop executing and issue a warning through the system speaker. That setting could be "stop on all errors", "stop on all butt keyboard" "stop on keyboard only", etc.Usually when I press and hold any key for a certain period of time, it would beep constantly until I release it, indicating a corrupt file or files