This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
(Many users had trouble with Win98 shortly after it was released. These
problems can still arise if you re-install the original Win98.)
If you're using Easy CD Creator 3, try uninstalling it, rebooting, and
then reinstalling it. This seems to fix the problems for the people
reporting them. Doing the same for other software may have similar
beneficial effects. Apparently ECDC3 installs its own versions of some
system drivers (e.g. ASPI), which get overwritten when Win98 is installed.
Uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers puts the ECDC3-friendly versions
Make sure your ASPI (Advanced SCSI Programmer's Interface) layer is up to
date, even if you have an IDE recorder. See section (4-44).