Hello Debra and welcome to BC
It would seem that you are using a 98 bootdisk to start the computer which is fine. However that only contains the basic instructions to start the computer and allow you to program 98 (or another operating system). The error messages concern the fact there is no CD drive.
Windows 98 has detected that Drive C does not contain a valid FAT or FAT 32 partition
Since these computers had their hard drives wiped before sale you now need to prepare the hard drive for an operating system. Boot the laptop with the bootdisk and at A:\> type in "fdisk" and follow the instructions in Fdisk and Format a Single Hard Drive with One Partition using FAT32
. In these instructions, scroll down to "Restart leaving the EBD boot floppy in the floppy drive." and start there.
This procedure prepares your hard drive to accept an operating system. You will need an external CD Rom drive and a Windows 98 CD to load the operating system. 98 can be purchased from any number of sources fairly cheaply if you don't have it already.
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