In reading your post, there is no item that would cause the crash. As to the ethernet item, the issue is SIMPLE. When you boot Safe Mode, Windows 95/98/Me shows all devices past and present that even were in the machine even if they have been removed. It's a feature.
Have you read this article -> http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188867
win98 intergrated system
my friends computer got an error an crashed, now it refuses to load in normal mode, only safe mode....
i have formatted an restored to no avail...which means it has to be hardware.
my question is...what would cause a PCI ethernet controler to appear in the system when there is no such card in the computer..i checked...
this appeared right after the computer crashed an tried to reboot....what cause this...any ideas?