This is taken from David Backeberg’s page at MIT which seems to be offline at the moment.I had a very hard time finding his advice so I’m echoing much of it here.Check out device manager for unknown devices, likely items are Network Cards, Sound Cards, Printers, Scanners, Graphics Cards, Digital Cameras, plus any other item you have.[img_assist|nid=859|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=180|height=155]You've finally made the move to a Windows-free computer, you're enjoying your brand new Linux OS, no trojans/viruses, no slowdown, everything's perfect. Step 1: Download Free DOS boot disk floppy image Free DOS, a free DOS-compatible operating system, is up to the challenge, no need for proprietary DOS versions.Make sure you save the settings before exiting)) If you are unsure or don't want to enter the BIOS then just test the computer by putting the CD-ROM in the drive and rebooting the computer. You will know that your computer will/has booted of CD-ROM when the following screen appears.The Microsoft Windows 98 CD-ROM Startup Menu, select option 2 either using the arrow keys or by just pressing the number 2 on the keyboard, press enter.
Interestingly, once I upgrade my Dell 2950 Bios’s I noticed it actually REMOVES the option to boot into a USB device from the BIOS menu.This is 16 digits and is located on the back of your CD case or on the Windows 98 Book.If you have an OEM computer then it could be on the side or back of your computer. If you are lucky you will have no drivers to install, but chances are the next step will be to install them.Suddenly, you need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to support some new piece of hardware, but typically the motherboard vendor is offering only DOS based BIOS flash utilities. So, all you need is a bootable floppy disk image with Free DOS kernel on it.We are fortunate that guys at FDOS site have prepared one suitable for us.