i was having problems trying to load all the windows network sorftware from the Win98 CD requried for use with the Acer USB Warplink software. once i had a harddrive installed with the Win98 installation cab files, then i was able to get the network files and the Acer USB Warplink drivers on the DOC. i was using the Acer USB Warplink with the DOC as the C: drive on my webplayer and with the harddrive as the D: drive. then after a few days of using that apparently happy combination, the compressed image or something on the DOC got screwed up or corrupted because of all the plugging/unplugging of the USB cable and the booting/rebooting i had to do in order to get the Warplink on the webplayer to talk with the Warplink on the PC. with the dead DOC, i then had to suffer by having to reconstruct the system onto the harddrive.
anyways, if i coldboot with the Warplink USB cable plugged in, and with the USB Bios Legacy Support enabled in the bios setup, the webplayer would stop. if i waited till windows was loading to plug in the Warplink cable, the system would then load and warplink would work. rebooting with a warm boot causes no problem with keeping the warplink plugged in, but cold booting seems to be a problem. if i cold boot, i would have to remember to unplug the Warplink. i had to set the bios setting to enable USB Bios Legacy Support to get the webplayer to recognize that the Warplink was plugged in at all.
i'm now using the harddrive in the webplayer with the DOC taken completely out. with the DOC image trashed (it stops loading at the initial Win98 splash screen), i had to uncompress an older backup copy of my DOC image (no Warplink drivers) to the harddrive and reconstruct my windows system to work in a stable manner on one drive. what a headache after having everything "perfect" on two drives. that may sound simple to reconstruct, but i had to do things the hard way since the Win98 setup would not do a new clean install on the harddrive because of a weird EZ-Bios that i had on the harddrive.
in reconstructing the system, i had to copy my working backup DOC compressed drvspace image to the harddrive, mount that Drvspace compressed image, uncompress that image, get rid of the VFAT error message so the uncompressed windows would load, and then reload the programs and for my particular situation tweak the registry since i was combining programs installed for two drives onto one drive. some things i've learned in reconstructing the system on the harddrive is that if you want to mount the Win98 Drvspace drive (that 45meg compressed image file for the DOC) on a harddrive under MS-DOS and not under windows, you need to do a SCANDISK /MOUNT D: where "D:" is the harddrive and if after uncompressing the drive you get the VFAT error message saying Win98 won't load, be sure to manually put in device=c::\windows\ifshlp.sys or devicehigh=c:\windows\ifshlp.sys in the config.sys file.
now i have to still figure out why SyGate for the internet sharing is still not working. my webplayer and the pc can talk to each other, but the SyGate is not talking yet. i think when SyGate is working for me, then there may be PEACE in the world, or at least some sort of peace in my part of the world.