I would be happy to assist you with your problem(s) but I will need a little more information about what is happening with your
computer and what you are trying to accomplish.
From your description you have a relatively new
computer. I also assume it came preloaded with Windows 98.
What caused your computer to start failing to load Windows 98? Was
it new hardware or software? A better description of your problem
would aid us in helping you.
The startup disk is for booting the computer with minimal
dos commands and CD ROM access. It is good for booting your PC
without having it read from the hard drive.
To manually get your PC to start up in Safe Mode. Power on the
PC and almost immediately (usually after you hear a
"beep" from the PC) start rapidity pressing the 'F8' key.
This will bring up a menu where you can select it to start in Safe Mode.
As far as your config.sys file error, I would need to know
what Line 1 says. You can see what it says by typing at the Dos
prompt (c:\>) "edit c:\config.sys".
This will show you what is in the config.sys file. Or if you happen
to get into Windows go to Start->Programs->Windows Explorer.
Now look for config.sys under the C: and right click on the file, which
will give you a menu. Select Open with... and select Notepad from
the program it asks you to use. Windows 98 doesn't need a config.sys
or a autoexec.bat file to run, so you could try to rename files with a .bak
extension. This might eliminate a conflict you are having. So
you would type at the DOS prompt:
c:\>ren config.sys config.bak (and press enter)
c:\>ren autoexec.bat autoexec.bak (and press enter)