If the articles fail to help why not run 98 in a VM? I did this under Windows XP using Virtual Box.
I'm using a Compaq Presario V6000 and have installed Windows 98 SE successfully. It is currently the only OS on the HDD. At first I couldn't get past first time startup because I had 2GB of RAM, too much for vcache's settings. So I removed 1GB and set minfilecache and maxfilecache to 128MB in system.ini. This worked and I was able to set up the user name, system plug 'n play drivers, etc. Once I restarted the system I see DOS updating the config files and continuing to load Windows. But then the system just hangs. It doesn't freeze, as the cursor is still blinking. It just stops. So I do a hard restart and choose the normal startup mode in the "Windows did not start successfully" options. The screen goes blank and I see the startup options screen again, but this time the cursor is blinking in the upper left and DOS doesn't respond to the keyboard.
I try starting in safe mode but get the same problem, although this time I see HIMEM check extended memory and complete the check. Because I saw this, could this be another memory related issue? Here are my specs:
CPU: Intel 1.6GHz
RAM: 1GB, 2GB before I removed a stick
Video: NVIDIA Go 6150
I've gotten this far with Windows 98, I hope I don't have to scrap it because of this. Any ideas?