From: Jack on 08/03/2000
My system crashed. It is a less known clone (Trademark) I secured from a local vendor with a tremendous reputation for support, at the time, who is no longer in business. The processor is a 233 Pentium. I am trying to get it back. I have two physical hard drives (C: 4 Gig & D: 2 Gig and a CD-ROM drive E:) I used Seagate utilities and reformatted my C: drive to make it bootable to DOS C:
I now want to reinstall Windows 98 and the software resides on a CD – The system doesn’t “see” D: or E: when I boot. I can’t load the software, because I can’t get to the CD ROM drive.
Is their a short program I can download and run to determine the manufacturer of the CD ROM drive? I have gone so far as to take the drive out of the case and there is no indication on it anywhere of the drive manufacturer’s name. I have several CD drivers on a 1.44 floppy, but need to know which driver to load. If I determine the manufacturer, might it be possible to download the correct driver also?
Can I amend BIOS to recognize the CD ROM drive? Do I need to ammend config.sys to do this? What is the syntax? Assuming I have the correct driver, where do I put it? What is the syntax, if a change in config.sys is required?
I have been able to move the files I may want to recover to the D: drive and I believe they are still out there. I have a replacement Gateway computer and am able to send and receive email via that terminal.
Any assistance you can provide would be appreciated.