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P2 PC not recognising CD drive

By ameliapumo ·
I work for a charity and have a P2 Pc donated to us. Hpwever, the Hard Drive is very small and there is no CDRom on it. I installed a better HD and everything is fine. However, when I try to istall the CD, I cannot get windows (9 to recognise it.

On boot up, the CD is recognised, and in the bios. When windows starts, it asks for various drivers, which I cannot install as they are on my Win 98 CD.

I have tried installing it as master slave, sec master, sec slave etc and altered jumper settings etc. There is nothing wron with CDRom.

I must be missing something as I have done this loads of times before with no problems ( i have an hons degree in computer science)

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by shasca In reply to P2 PC not recognising CD ...

Did you copy the CABS folder to the local disc off of the win98 CD? Copy it to Windows/Options folder, then when you reboot see if you can point the hardware wizard there for whatever driver it is looking for.

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by BSchmidt In reply to P2 PC not recognising CD ...

If you're sure the drivers you need are on your Win98 disc, try booting from the Win98 disc itself (it's been a while since I've gotten into Win98, I'm assuming you can boot from the disc). You should be able to add the hardware from there. You may need to make sure the CDROM is including in the boot process in BIOS.

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by TheChas In reply to P2 PC not recognising CD ...

Boot from a W98 startup disk.

At the DOS prompt, type in setup.

You can re-install W98 over itself. Just make sure to direct the Installer to use the same folder C:\Windows.
This should take care of most driver and Windows file issues.

I also recommend downloading the drivers for the chip-set on the motherboard.
If it is an Intel set, you will need to follow the links to the archived chip-set drivers.

Chas

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by w2ktechman In reply to P2 PC not recognising CD ...

I would try combining some of these answers. Boot to a 98 startup disk, then copy the CABS files. Reboot to windows and when it asks for the files you can point them to the cabs.

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by SFHSGrad00 In reply to P2 PC not recognising CD ...

Has BIOS been updated since you got the system? You may want to see if there is an update to your BIOS. Even though your current BIOS version can see the device, it may not be current enough to handle it in the Windows environment.

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by aronya1 In reply to P2 PC not recognising CD ...

There should be no need to "install" the CD drive. If Windows does not see it, it will not see it.
Boot to Safe Mode.
Remove any references to CD drives or controllers in the Device Manager.
REM out any references to CD drives in AUTOEXEC.BAT or CONFIG.SYS files.
Reboot.
If it is not recognized on bootup, you may have a cabling or jumper issue. Have you tried a different drive?

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