I'm not sure if anyone can really help me here, perhaps I'm just looking for a shoulder to cry on. ha!
I recently turned on BIOS PnP (on Intel 440BX-2) in order to assist Win98 in finding a firewire card. Even though Win98 did find the card, it also re-found all the other components and system resources. What I mean is that Win98 went insane and doubled-up the keyboard, mouse, floppy, most of the system resources, etc. Needless to say, Win98 will now only boot up in safe mode. I tried removing every doubled device and resource (both original and Win98 did boot up again...unfortunately, it then proceeded to double up everything again.
Has anyone ever seen such craziness before? This computer has been extremely reliable for over 1 year now and has all of the latest Win98 patches.
My next and final(?) step is to just remove one of every doubled device and resource and reboot without BIOS PnP. I have my doubts...
Word of advice to everyone... never trust [especially] a Microsoft product. Backup before any change is made to any of there OS's!!