Roo, thanks for the offer but I'll stick with what I got.
ekÆsine - thanks for the links. The story so far. Having installed Windows 98 and in the process of rebooting for the second time I got the error on the screen that says Windows Protection Error Vmm32.vxd: Missing/Unable to Load.
Found the following info at http://www.phpmp.com/?page=support
No one has been able to tell us why this might happen, but to fix this, you need to go into your computers BIOS setup and make something other than the CD-ROM the first bootable drive. In the couple of times I've experienced this error message, that has been the fix everytime.
I've just recently experienced this again and I've finally noticed a common denominator. All the PC's were Dell's. If your here because your experiencing the issue, please send me a comment letting me know if the PC is a Dell. Thanks.
Run the following commands:
chown -R mysql.mysql /var/lib/mysql
Add the following line to the rc.local file: /usr/bin/safe_mysqld &
Surprise, surprise I'm stuck, I don't know how to run the commands suggested above (or what they mean). All I'm able to do from the error screen is get into safe mode.