It took me several hours Wednesday night but I think I was
able to resolve the issue. In safe mode I read through the
trouble shooting help and commented out anything
in the autoexec.bat and config.sys that wasn't Microsoft.
It looked like there was some non Microsoft stuff being
loaded more than once. Once I did that Win98 started okay.
Another problem arose when I tried to reload the Wacom
driver for a pen and tablet (easier on the wrists than a
mouse) and the system didn't like it. Finally got that
resolved and Win98 seems to be okay again.