"I had to go to Safe mode": please explain why you had to do so.
I shut down my Windows 98 computer at least once a day, and always return to normal mode. So the reason is unclear, to say the least.
What happens if you shutdown and reboot? And if you press f8 (or keep ctrl-key pressed) during the boot and explicitely choose normal mode (1, I think) from the boot menu?
I have had my computer shut down for Hurricane Charley, when I restarted I had to go to safe mode to get it up. How do I go off safe mode and get back to normal.