I have read about Kernel Ex before but never tried it.
Here is what I found & used to get an EAC working on my Windows 98SE.
I already had installed an ASPI layer .
You may also need to do this.
I have the older one which is supposed to work better but I could not find it on the internet.
It is version 4.60 (1021) but Adaptecs latest version will probably work.
These are the instructions that were with the .zip file I have. It is too large to post here.
Manually remove these files from your computer - do a Find and remove all of them
winaspi.dll - wnaspi32.dll - apix.vxd - aspienum.vxd - sparrow.mpd
Download this zip file with all the ASPI stuff - click here.
Open the .zip file in WinZip or your favorite unzipping utility
Extract winaspi.dll, wnaspi32.dll, and aspienum.vxd into your system directory.
Extract sparrow.mpd and apix.vxd into your iosubsys directory in your system directory.
These are the original Windows95/98/ME distribution files - this is to get you back to installed Windows status
Extract and run aspi32.exe, this will update the files to 4.60 (1021) status
Extract and run aspichk.exe, this will help you see if all the files are matched and are the correct versions.
If it still doesn't work, extract the wnaspi32_nero.dll file into your Translator folder, and rename it wnaspi32.dll.
Then I found that Exact Audio Copy (EAC) 0.95 beta 3 Last version that can access the TOC. Works . Version beta 4 would probably work too but I decided on 3 because of the TOC Alterations. I've never used that but just in case I needed to.
It is available here:
I had to manually copy & paste the Exact Audio Copy (EAC) 0.95 beta 3 into my Program Files folder. Then I created a "desktop shortcut" of the EAC.EXE file. This works fine.
If all you want is to convert to .wav then that will be all you need to do.
If you want EAC to convert to .mp3's you need to add this LAME version:
I put the LAME.EXE in my Progarm Files "EAC" folder.
Then you need to use that as the location in Compression Options/External Compression.
I use this string is "Additional command line options:
-V 0 --vbr-new --add-id3v2 --pad-id3v2 --ta "%a" --tt "%t" --tg "%m" --tl "%g" --ty "%y" --tn "%n" -m s %s %d
I didn't try to get it to do FLAC or other formats. I hope this helps.