I ran scandisk from a Win98 startup disk I have, but no change. I just ran TrendMicro's House call Pattern 899 on all my drives. It showed a clean system. I have ZoneAlarm installed, and there are no curious programs attempting to send data out.
I've been adding software regularly since I set this machine up back on 5/29/01. I don't want to go into the long version, but lets just say I didn't back EVERYTHING up before I fdisk'd/formatted/partitioned my HD
One thing I did do, I ran defrag from Win2KPro on my 'C' drive, which contains Windows ME. Shortly before that was the last time I was able to boot WInME.
I also ran Regcleaner and removed some entries it identified. Everything else seems to work OK. My network (using VSOCKS) still works fine. My games work fine. I just cant' boot to ME anymore ...
Athlon 700 @ 700
MSI K7T Pro 256MB Cas 2
32 MB GeForce 2 GTS
Win 2000 Pro/Win ME dual boot