It's likely that your floppy boot diskettes don't load the CD-ROM driver, so it can't access the CD from the DOS mode that 98 uses to start the installation. Try this site for boot disks: http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
Some links with instructions:
How to create a Windows 98 Startup disk: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q187632/
How to create a Windows 98 Startup disk from DOS: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/186300
I'd suggest formatting the hard drive and installing Windows XP. During the installation it will ask you to insert the qualifying media - at that point insert your Windows 98 CD and you'll be able to install XP without having to upgrade from 98 (and will save a few headaches that could be caused by the upgrade process).
Edited by usasma, 15 January 2008 - 06:37 PM.
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