Outlook 2000 will not read email, will not find mailbox pst file, and crashes when inbox is used

I am running Outlook 2000 in Win98SE.  The program has stopped reading my email (no recent changes to my account settings).  I also get an error message saying that Outlook cannot find the the file "C:\WINDOWS\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\mailbox.pst".  However, the file "mailbox.pst" is still present in the C:\WINDOWS\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder.

Word 2000 still works well.  My internet browser works fine also.  I can read my email from another computer connected to the same ADSL modem, so it isn't my ISP connection.

I ran Scandisk, and I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Office 2000 but that didn't help.  

Thanks very much.

Walter
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war1Commented:
Greetings, wjaros !

Your PST file may be corrupt or is over 2 GB. Recover Damaged Outlook PST File
ScanPST
http://www.emailaddressmanager.com/outlook/repair.html
OR
Outlook Recovery
http://www.officerecovery.com/outlook/index.htm   Demo recovery

Repair a 2GB Outlook Personal Folder
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B33B1DFF-6F50-411D-BBDF-82019DDA602E&displaylang=en


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BillDLCommented:
Also make sure that the file is not set as "Read-Only" (Right-Click > Properties).
war1Commented:
wjaros,

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Thanks, war1
BillDLCommented:
Thank you Venabili and Computer101
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