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By phillipalvey ·
Dear sirs;(madames)
I'm a very new facinated member of the pc. I am trying to learn as much as I can at home because I have to work and my job hassn't any access to a pc. I am trying to teach myself.( with the help of folks like youselves and a fewother techs out there.) The reason I'm telling you this is because after reading some of your research I feel like an idiot asking this question. But I'm a fool for learning. I have an old 486 intel that has windows 3.1 on it. I can't get the CDROM to work on it. How do I get it to work? I'm trying to install Win/95 on it. I went as far as buying Win/95 on floppy disk to go around the problem but just my luck the 2nd disk is damaged and the can't be read buy a pc. Seems a cap file is missing. Please help me if you will. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Phil

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Configuring a drive for a CDROM

by dmiles In reply to Configuring a drive for a ...

First of all Welcome!!!
All honesty you will need the second disk to install the files for your CD-ROM,and being a newbie,the info will sound foreign,but you will need a start up disk with mscdex file on it that has to be added to AutoExec.bat fileline using a text editor-exmpl:notepad
In the upper right corner type in upgrading to windows95 and click go.the will be a list of previous questions posted that may be of help and also you will see there is nothing as a fool for learning,we all started somewhere,some earlier than others,so go for it.

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Configuring a drive for a CDROM

by fenaikh In reply to Configuring a drive for a ...

Hi
If you have any other PC running win98 then
you can create a startup disk to boot your system with cd-rom driver.
How to create it:
start->setting->controlpanel->add/remove program then (TAB) startup disk -> create disk you need one floppy.Then boot your pc
go to cd then look for directory such as win98 and run setp then folow instaruction.

The process of upgrading to win98 is good documented on this article from microsoft

System Preparation for Upgrading to Microsoft? Windows? 98
URL:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/windows/seminar/PrepWin98.asp

Good luck

Mohamed

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Configuring a drive for a CDROM

by crcs In reply to Configuring a drive for a ...

Since you're learning about the different aspects of computers, I'll walk you through the steps that you need to take to make a CD-Rom enabeled boot disc (The manual version of what creating a boot disk using the method in #2's asnwer)

Format a floppy in windows 98, including the system files (Open my computer, right click on drive A: (with a blank floppy in the drive) and format the disc with the 'Copy System Files' option checked. When this is done, copy the file "mscdex.exe" from the c:\windows directory and the file "oakcdrom.sys" from the c:\windows\command\ebd directory to the floppy.
Using a text editor create the following two files on the floppy drive.
autoexec.bat; config.sys

Config.sys should contain the following:
device=a:\oakcdrom.sys /d:ide0001

in this file, the switch /d:ide0001 assigns the name "ide0001" to the CD-Rom drive that is detected by oakcdrom.sys.

autoexec.bat should contain the following:
a:\mscdex.exe /d:ide0001 /l:z

the first switch (/d:ide0001) tells mscdex that the drive you're referring to was named "ide0001" by the driver loaded in config.sys
the second switch /l:z tells the computer to assign the drive letter Z to the cd-rom. (I use Z because it allows me to use the same disc on all computers, no matter how many IDE/SCSI devices they have. If you assign the letter D, and you have two harddrives, then one device gets 'bumped' to drive E and can create problems with some software. The programs look for drive E, but when the computer is booted without the boot disc, the drives may be re-assigned and what was drive E is now drive D, so the program won't find the files it's looking for and will refuse to function.

Good luck

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Configuring a drive for a CDROM

by joescalia In reply to Configuring a drive for a ...

Welcome to the world of the pc. Mircosoft makes it very easy to upgrade your current operating system. I to had 3.11 on a 486. When I went to upgrade my system I used the Win 95 then the 98 upgrade CD.
If your cd is not working properly on 3.1 then it would be wise to get it working by:
1) getting the name and model of your CD and write it down on a piece of paper
2) go to the manufactors website and download the drivers( which is the software needed so the operating system will allow it work properly)or you can go to www.drivers.com and get the drivers from there
3)install the drivers through DOS and your cd should work.
Once it's working properly then use the win upgrade cd's and you will be good to go.

If for some reason you feel you are not able to handle the installing of the cd drivers then have someone ( you trust who has good knowledge)do it for you as well as teach you how to do it yourself. The best way sometimes is to have someone show you first a couple of timesof doing things then once you feel comfortable then you can solo.
I hope you have a good experience with the pc's and good luck
Joe

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Configuring a drive for a CDROM

by dennis_herr_jr In reply to Configuring a drive for a ...

There is a program called CD ROM God that might help. It creates a bootable floppy with 50+ CD drivers on it. You can download it from http://www.topqualityfreeware.com/dfu.shtml.

Good luck.

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