Try a different usb flash drive, and go back and revisit the instructions. You may have missed something.
This was enough information to find a solution.
When formatting this Flash Drive in Win-7 Pro it went painfully slow. When done, DOS DIR /A failed to display the hidden DOS system files. Not seeing the system files I assumed I could just copy the files in the Windows 98 folder onto the Flash Drive. Putting all those files on a 2GB drive, consumed ~ 10Mb of space, which I suspect was a problem, or something in the Win-7 formatting was causing a problem.
After seeing Lvcoyote's idea, I formatted the Flash Card in Win XP Pro, and it a complete format didn't take more than a few minutes. This time the DOS hidden system files were moved as expected and visible in a DIR /A display.
With BIOS set to Defaults, and the SSD drive disabled, the Flash Card contents appeared after the reboot. Executing the FPTDOS.bat file generated the previous warning screen, and when "Y" was entered, the updating process began the process of clearing the Flash Block, and updating the BIOS. Here is the image displayed at that stage: http://tinyurl.com/crfjvx9
When the BIOS Updating completed, it showed this image: http://tinyurl.com/come3qc
Rebooting the x70 Classified and entering the BIOS Setup screen presented this image: http://tinyurl.com/ck5av6t
Now after a couple of days the machine appears to be still working well, and will soon be ready for daily use.
Lvcoyote, Thank you for responding.
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