This is really an AOL problem, I'm sure. Could find a better TA:
W98 SE on a Dell PC.
AOL 8.0 Plus connects to the internet through the LAN, establishes contact w/ AOL server, then hangs up on "Step 4: Talking to the network".
2 other PCs on the LAN connect to AOL and surf w/ no problem.
This PC can browse our LAN, print to network printers, etc.. So I don't suspect a local networking problem.
We have uninstalled and re-installed AOL 8, then AOL 8.0 Plus, but same problem continues.
I usually avoid AOL for obvious reasons, and thus have limited experience w/ common issues with it.