Make sure you have your 5x5 product key.
If you can, slave the Hdd on another PC, put everything on it in a folder "old win" or whatever. Then hit format>copy system files only, Then load off the Win98 folder from the install CD.
If you want to be safe, make sure you've already scanned for viruses and spyware, which can be done on the other PC.
Then hook yours back up and boot. You'll go to a C:/> prompt, type win98\setup and it will load from that install folder and you'll never have to have the CD, and your PC will automatically go to that folder when the install CD is needed.
Then if you are asked for drivers, point to the "old win" folder, "inf" subfolder and maybe others. Use the
After you're all boned up, save favorites or whatever else from "old win" and delete it.
I still use Norton Utilities 2002 (not works) first, but it's about $50 on the internet, seversl places.
In safe mode, my PC always sees several devices and it goes away on normal boot. I think it's because the general info is in the inf folder or the general dat file. I don't think your problem is hardware. I've found as many as 400 errors with Norton Utilities WinDoctor. Your new install will gradually build up a bunch.