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kEEP GETTING "DRIVER" ERROR IN WIN 98

By renowayne2006 ·
Each time I boot the system I get the black and white screen right after the windows splash, telling me that "Driver for CD ROM cannot be found". "Press any key to continue", which I do, then it pops up one more time, so I do the same thing, then it boots fine, how can I stop this? Running Win 98. Pen lll, 128 Mb
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by TheChas In reply to kEEP GETTING "DRIVER" ERR ...

Start by running sysedit from the run box on the start menu.

Look in autoexec.bat, config.sys and the 2 windows system configuration files for any lines that attempt to load a DOS CD driver.

MSCDEX is a common DOS mode driver.

You ONLY need the DOS mode driver for DOS mode games that run off of a CD.

To test what you find, place the word rem and a space at the start of the line that calls for the CD driver.

If that does not fix the problem;
open device manager,
expand the CD drive branch,
select your CD drive(s),
right click and select remove.

After removing the CD drive, re-start Windows and see if Windows finds and loads the correct driver.

You may need to download and install the chip-set driver for the motherboard.

If it is a VIA chip-set, read the notes on the driver download page at www.viaarena.com

They have a legacy driver that many users have reported as being more stable for W98.

If the board has an Intel chip-set, you may still want to use a legacy driver rather than the latest.

What you want is the "Intel? Chipset Software Installation Utility".
If you choose the 810 chip-set and W98SE, you get to a list of drivers that support most of the PIII chip-sets.

Chas

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to kEEP GETTING "DRIVER" ERR ...

Just before you start making any changes to the various files make sure that you copy them to a safe place first so if you mess up the file you can restore it and start again. You could also try Iolo's System mechanic which has a 30 day trial version that is fully functional available from

http://www.iolo.com/sm/family.cfm

Just a word of warning do not download the Pro version as the only difference between it and the regular version is that the Pro version has an AV product built into it which generally speaking is more trouble than it's worth. Also Do Not use the Remove Duplicate Files feature as you'll most likely find that you've removed some critical Windows files and you'll be unable to boot the computer.

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Already trying somethig, but thanks.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to kEEP GETTING "DRIVER" ERR ...

Edit the autoexec.bat file and look for CD ROM drivers. If you need to change the path for these drivers, make the change. After this edit the config.sys file because there are drivers for CD ROM what use this file for install the drivers, depending of your CD ROM. Make the same thing even in this file. If you have problems with drivers, (you don?t find these) is a solution to make a boot floppy, and copy the drivers for CD ROM to your HDD, and make changes to your autoexec.bat and config.sys files, taking the model of boot floppy?s autoexec.bat and config.sys files.

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