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.

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

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Thanks, war1
Thank you Venabili and Computer101
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