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By glyn ellis ·
pc has been formated, now wont find cd when booting up to reinstall os.
cdrom shows in bios but not in dos?
replaced cdrom and cable still same.
fdisked; formated; updated bios tried cdinst; still same cd in bios.. not in dos!! any ideas what i'mmissing????

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by TheChas In reply to not reading cdrom

What version of Windows?

Only Me, W2000 and XP have bootable CDs.

If you have W95 or W98, you need to boot from a startup floppy that includes the DOS CD-ROM drivers.

If you are using W98, and have access to another PC with W98, just go to add/remove programs and click on the startup disk tab to create one.

For W95, you will need to download one of the startup disk images from www.bootdisk.com
Then, extract the files onto a bootable floppy.

Chas

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by glyn ellis In reply to not reading cdrom

using w98 and booting from boot floppy. tried making new boot floppy too.

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by SyscoKid In reply to not reading cdrom

If you're booting from a floppy you made in Win98, does it ask if you want to install CDROM support? Do you say yes? And it still doesn't find the CDROM?

The Win98 boot disk only intalls support for IDE drives. Is it possible you have a SCSI CDROM drive? If so, look here:

http://www.bootdisk.com/readme.htm#scsi

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by glyn ellis In reply to not reading cdrom

thanks but no, its an ide drive, i've replaced the cables too! boot option with cd-rom support, when loaded finds drive e: & when i load a cd lights flash. but when i ask e:\dir. says not ready abort etc

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by Ann777 In reply to not reading cdrom

You may not be "missing" anything; it sounds as if you've done everything correctly.

Check your Win98 cd (not the drive) in another computer.

It sounds as if the cd is bad. Is it an original or a copy? You might need to borrow another copy, but use your license to re-install Win98.

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by glyn ellis In reply to not reading cdrom

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by TheChas In reply to not reading cdrom

How new of a CD-ROM drive is it?

It is possible that the default W98 bootdisk CD-ROM drivers do not support your drive.

If this is actually a DVD or CD-RW drive, I would realy suspect it to be the case.

I believe there is a link at www.bootdisk.com that shows you how to modify the W98 startup disk to use a specific CD-ROM driver

You may need to create a boot disk using the specific DOS driver for your CD drive.

Another thought, what IDE channel is the drive connected to?
And what IDE channel is the HDD connected to?

If you are using an add-on IDE controller, you need to start with the HDD and CD drives connected to the primary and secondary IDE controllers, then move to the add-on controller after Windows is installed.
I would also follow ANNa's suggestion, and see if you can access a diferent CD in the drive.

I know that W95 cannot deal with the chipset on some of the newer motherboards. I wonder if W98 may have some install problems if this is among the newest motherboards?

Chas

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by glyn ellis In reply to not reading cdrom

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by opatzg In reply to not reading cdrom

If you can't get a new 98 cd disk you could try cleaning the one you have. You could try running water on it and brushing outward with a soft cloth do not clean circling the disk as that is how it reads and will cause more problems, or the game dr from best buy does a fair job of cleaning dvd's/cds/ps2 games. When it's dry try it again.
Good Luck

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