I had Win98 installed with no problems until yesterday.
I installed some software(HDTach 2.52) that asked me to reboot. I clicked ok and walked away. Several hours later I returned. My monitor shut off so I could not see the screen, but I hit enter a couple of times knowing that would get me past the network login screen ( I have no password on my network logon since it's a home network -netbui between 2 PC's). Once the monitor warmed up, I had a box asking for my Windows password. I never set one up, and never was prompted for one before! I tried canceling out of it and got a MPREXE caused and illegal.... msg. Under details it was blaming Kernel.exe. I booted off floppy, deleted my .PWL file and rebooted. Same thing. I tried to log in as a different windows user - same problem. I tried booting in safe mode, and I lock up before I get the network or windows logon.
I have read on other sites that it was sound card related, but under details, it blames Kernel.exe.
The only other things I have done this week were installing Outlook98, and Office97 patchs SR1 and SR2.
Since I can't even get into the Win98 GUI I am stuck to booting into Command Mode? Any ideas?
Here's the system:
System PII 333
Diamond Viper 330 (using Nvidia's drivers)
SB AWE 64 Gold
Zoom V90 internal
Realtek (sp?) Ethernet card