The computer is a Compaq Presario, is 8 years old, as far as I remember it is Win 98se.
I'll try the motherboard battery thing, can't hurt! And I will dl the bootdisk--but why ME instead of 98?
I got the free Avast for the AV, it has several antispyware programs-- the Adaware, Spybot, and still running is the old spywareguard! I learned about these from here a few years ago. I hadn't run any scans on it other than the AV when we hooked it back up. I don't think I did any windows updates, either.
The games were from cd-roms we had here--They have been installed on this computer before, although i don't know if it was still on there of if he had to re-install--I had done a clean install on the windows98 about 1 1/2 yrs ago, and the particular game was first my 15 year old's game many years ago.
When I turn the 'puter on, I get a little blinking white bar on the black screen. I have checked all connections-- everything looks to be in order.
I'll post back when I have gotten and tried the floppy, but I won't be here til Sunday, cuz we're gonna be gone til then.
I appreciate your feedback, and I will be posting about the other winXP in the other section, too. That one won't turn on right now, either, but it's not a black screen with the blinking light! (I think my son--the 10 yo, who is the user of this '98 and the mouse-issue XP is hard on computers--I watch him on it all the time and he doesn't dl games off the internet, or install or uninstall stuff, but he seems to be disastrous to computers. We've gone through 4 mice on that XP!