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Notebook CD-ROM Recognition

By Grizwold ·
The cd-rom in my Compaq Presario 1680 laptop died a few weeks ago. Not being able to find an exact replacement match I bought a TEAC CD-224E ver. C-66. after physically installing the unit I found that Windows 98x doesn't recognize it. I tried all the common cures such as Device Manager & Add New Hardware to no avail. TEAC themselves claim that the drive requires no proprietary drivers * should be recognized by Win98x.Therefore, they do not offer drivers for this unit. Can anyone help me here?

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by Sysadmin/Babysitter In reply to Notebook CD-ROM Recogniti ...

It might not be compatable. (contact Compaq/HP)
See if the PC has a BIOS upgrade. (contact Compaq/HP)
Or, get a USB drive enclosure to send the device outside the confines of the computer.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Notebook CD-ROM Recogniti ...

That is a proprietary Notebook with a proprietary BIOS, you should update the BIOS from the HP/COmpaq website and cross your fingers, chances are it simply isn't supported and you will need an external.

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I chose answer #1 because it was posted first.

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by Skidoggeruk In reply to Notebook CD-ROM Recogniti ...

Hi,

IF this is recognised by your BIOS, you might want to look into downloading older DOS ATAPI drivers, (if these are not available from OEM, there are generic ones out there.), these would need installed into the config.sys and autoexec.bat files. Typically, an atapi.sys and mscdex.exe line will be required in respective files. Sometimes W98 would not find drives through Plug and Play, and the low level drivers would force the issue, as drive would be present in Dos.

Anyhow, if your BIOS does not recognise this drive, this fix will not have any effect. You should probably be able to see this during the POST process should this be displayed during boot time. Usually you get a memory count, followed by an IDE search, sometimes you will see a display showing what drives are attached.

Good Luck

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by Grizwold In reply to

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I chose answer #1 because it was posted first.

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by Grizwold In reply to Notebook CD-ROM Recogniti ...

Hi everyone. the drive is no recognized in bios. I am going to rip it out today & check for Ma, Sl, & CS pinouts. I'm also gonna check for a bios update from Compaq/HP/whoever they've merged with in the last 48 hrs. lol. I'll be back after.

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