I just discovered it is NOT because GZIP is enabled.......
has gzip enabled (Not phpBB) and i luckily can run fine on there (Logged in or otherwise)
Its gotta be something else (Script,etc......)
this whole topic is funny.
it is not anything to do with win98 or with phpbb.
I used w98se up until a couple of months ago. I personally can't stand IE, however, I would frequently use it to check why a web page wouldn't work in NS or FF . ( usually because it is written by a MS product ).
I have never , ever had a problem with phpbb not working in IE or any other browser.
so, the problem is most likely your cookies and/or your security settings.
If you are behind a firewall of some kind, it could be that. If you are not, then make sure that your IE settings allow all cookies and that the security settings are at medium if not at low.
Then , delete all the browser cookies, then delete all temporary internet files.
then log out of any phpbb boards you may be logged into, then close the browser completely, and go back and test.