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By headsett ·
I have a computer that used to be an office computer therefore no cd rom drive was in it and it used to run win.NT. I wiped the drive clean but I have a problem installing a cd rom drive that I bought .. Toshiba XM6102B. by the way inm trying to install windows 98. can anyone help me load the drivers for this cdrom?

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by Toivo Talikka In reply to cd rom drive

How far do you get in the installation? Is the CD-ROM drive detected in BIOS? If not, you need to change the setting in BIOS for the particular channel from None to Auto, and the drive should be detected.

Did you use FDISK from a bootable diskette to delete the partitions from the hard drive?

You need to change the boot sequence so that the PC boots from the CD-ROM first, and then from the hard drive. After you boot from the Windows 98 installation CD, the setup should load its own drivers.

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Verify Physical installation First.

by 1bn0 In reply to cd rom drive

is the drive CORECTLY installed in the machine?

Hdd and CDROM drives are both IDE and install basically the same way.

There are normally two IDE ports on the motherboard. Primary IDE and Secondary IDE.


Two ide devices can be connected to each port. A three connector cable is used.

IF only one device is connected to each cable.

One hdd on primary cable. Only jumper as Single Drive Only if available otherwise jumper as Master.

Convention is to connect Master driveto the end of the cable. (not usually necesary anymore)

One CDROM on secondary cable. If the cdrom is the only device on the secondary port it can be either master or slave. Windows should care.


If both devices are on the same cable then the HDD should be jumpered as Master and the CDROM drive a Slave.


If this is done correctly then boot the machine and check the BIOS.

If you are using the secondary IDE port, make sure it is enabled in BIOS. (it can be turned off).

Then check the IDE drive settings and make sure each is set to AUTO.

(This is easiest. Once you have everything working you can reset drive ports with nothing on them back to NONE. This will reduce the boot time a little bit.)

Also check the Boot Order to ensure the CDROM drive is select as the first boot device. That just tells the BIOS to check the cdrom drive first and boot fdrom it if there is a bootable cd in the drive. If not go to the next device on the list and check it.

If everything seems to be in order but you can not boot from the cddrom drive you can use a Win98 boot floppy to start the machine.

Go here http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/software/windows/startup/startup-4.htm for instructions on how to create a Windows 98 EBD "Emergency Boot Disk" using the Windows 98 CDROM on ANOTHER MACHINE.

You also mention the machine formally had NT on it. It likely was partitioned and formatted using NTFS. Windows 98 will not recognise this as a valid available partiotn.

You will have to run FDISK and delete the existing partitions and create a new FAT32 partiton for Windows to use. You also need to ensure the drive is "made active".

Only one Active parttion is allowed on th hard drive. The Active partiton is the one the BIOS will search for boot code. If the Partitoin is not made active the machine will no boot, even if you have formated and sys'd the hard drive.

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