I have a "Tiny" (I know, I know)computer in for repair. It doesn't work. The POST runs OK then I get "Verifying DMI pool data....." then Invalid command.com enter correct name of Command Interpreter (eg. C:\command.com)
I have searched the hard disk (via DOS) and the command.com file is there and at the correct size. I have tried another known working hard drive and get the same problem. The Motherboard is AOpen. 400mhz amd processor, 128mb sdram memory and 8.4gb hard drive. I have also deleted the command.com file and copied another from a working system. Still the same error.
I have just put in a known working hard disk with Windows 98se installed on it and still get the same problem. Someone suggested the AOpen motherboard is to blame. What throws me about that is, what has a motherboard BIOS got to do with command.com? As the POST finishes I get a Windows 98 splash screen then the "invalid command.com" error. I can get into the A prompt with a boot disk OK and can see all the files on the C: drive. I will try and re-install windows over the top.
I think Diesse has probably got it right - your BIOS is not set to boot to the HDD first.
However, if it already is set to boot to the HDD, have you tried changing the BIOS to boot from the floppy drive first, then boot to a W98 boot floppy? Choose 'boot to DOS' or hit shift-F5. At the command prompt type
This will repair a damaged master boot record on your HDD.
If still no joy, boot to the W98 floppy again, at the DOS prompt, type
and press enter. This will copy the system files to the HDD.