|VLC is a troublesome beast on Windows 9x because, although basic functions (i.e. play, stop) will work, any attempt to access the options in the program's menus will crash the player - and maybe crash Windows too!|
One fatal fault lies in the instructions provided by VLC with the download. If you put the MSLU files where they tell you, they won't work! They MUST be copied to the directory in which VLC is installed.
Try installing Media Player Classic v126.96.36.199 or v188.8.131.52 for Windows 9x (MPLAYERC.EXE) by Gabest, e.g. from http://sourceforge.net (it is an excellent media player).