Somehow, my sound card stopped working (unrecognized), so I downloaded the updated driver at Gateway.com. As long as I was there, I also downloaded all other updates. Mistake! Now my PC won't start properly, scandisk won't run, I can't open my OE email messages or download new ones, IE can't read pages if OE is open, and memory is low even with no foreground programs running. System resources are at 68% upon startup. MSOE suggested I reinstall, so I did, but it had no effect. My Win98 CD never has the files the system needs, and I've run Norton WinDoc several times, but it finds no issues to fix. And the Sound card is stull unreciognized because even after I downloaded the needed drivers, the system wants me to insert a Creative Soundlabs CD that I never received.
I've been using ZoneAlarm. I have been pretty cautious about spyware and adware, so I doubt they're at fault.
Here are two of the many error messages I've seen in OE:
Ccapp: This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. CCAPP caused an exception c0000006H in module KERNEL32.DLL at 017f:bff856b9.
OBC caused an invalid page fault in module KERNEL32.DLL at 017f:bff87eda
And here's one I saw while trying to download drivers at the gateway site:
VSMON caused an invalid oage fault in module RPCRT4.DLL at 017f:7fbflcd8.
The list goes on. Where do I stop the madness?