From: Peter on 12/29/2002
I have exactly the same problem. Trying to find a solution. I reformatted the whole machine reinstalled everything (latest BIOS, latest motherboard drivers, graphichs drivers etc.) I also updated to IE 6 (and service pack 1) which caused my netgear FA310TX to be bad (NDIS error at startup). I then removed the network card and the machine seem to work properly (but no Internet).
The complete reinstall was that my Windows Media Player went corrupt after installation of WMP 7.1 (I'm 99% sure of that). Then DirectX could not lod Direct Sound or Direct Music, it then hanged the machine).
Now after the installation the system info is the only remaingin part that is not working. One thing I can imagine is that the absence of the network card (that was removed from devices and physically) might cause some problem. Have you a network card that is working? I also reinstalled DirectX 8.1 first with a swedish version and then with an english version. Just the same 28:00000017 access violation.
Win98 (with all Windows Updates)
Soltek ERV86 Motherboard
AC97 enabled in BIOS and function well in DXDIAG
Craetive GeForce 4 Titanium 4600
DirectDraw etc functions well in DXDIAG
Removed USB from BIOS just to be sure of IRQ conflicts
I will dig on and post a message if I find something that solves the problem.