Presumably, you used fdisk (totally unnecessary, by the way) to delete the current partition, and possibly make a new empty one (you don't really tell). So now you've got at most a partition with nothing on it, or just nothing on the hard disk. And both isn't really enough to do anything useful with the system.
The thing to do: go into the BIOS, set it to boot from a boot diskette, find a suitable one (you can download a program to make one from www.bootdisk.com, if you don't have a correct one), boot from it, choose the right option, run fdisk /status to see how things are on your hard disk, create a partition (if necessary), format c: and then use setup to install Windows 98 from the CD.
Hope this helps.
I have an old Acer Aspire 486 with windows 98. I don't recall the size of the one hard drive but put in another 15gig hard drive some time ago.
When I started this computer up after having it sit for over a year I got a message that the CMOS battery was bad. So far I have done anything about the battery since I could still bring everything up on the computer.
I decided to reformat the hard drive and have run into sometroubles. I booted into dos and typed fdisk. The prompt was for partitions and only partition 1 would was acceptable. Then it wanted volume label and I followed the help page at microsoft said hit enter on the prompt then shut the computer down. After that I can't get anything other than the splash screen of the manufacturer.
I have tried to boot from floppy and I get the disk error message.
I have tried to restart in dos and can't even get that now. Also if I put in the Win 98 disk nothing happens there either.
Thanks for any help.