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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.

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From: Ruben on 08/13/2000


Jack, I just went through bthe same problem. What you need to do is down load the MSCDEX dos driver for your cd-rom model manufacturer.

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From: Jack on 08/04/2000

: Do you have your Win 98 start up disk? If you do, it should be able to boot up your system with CD Rom support. If you do not have it, email me back and I will send you a copy of mine.


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From: Jack on 08/04/2000


: : Do you have your Win 98 start up disk? If you do, it should be able to boot up your system with CD Rom support. If you do not have it, email me back and I will send you a copy of mine.

Yes - 95 -98 -2000 The problem is I can't get to thhhe CD ROM drive.

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From: Daryl on 08/03/2000
Do you have your Win 98 start up disk? If you do, it should be able to boot up your system with CD Rom support. If you do not have it, email me back and I will send you a copy of mine.


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