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PC Doesn't Read CD-ROM Drive

By alexcamp ·
My PC won't read the CD-ROM drive.
I had a new CD-ROM drive installed.
I installed Linux and the hard drive was reformatted. Now I want to install Windows 98 and it won't read the CD-ROM. I think I have the right drivers on a diskette and I installed them on the hard drive, but it still doesn't read the CD-ROM drive.

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by dmiles In reply to PC Doesn't Read CD-ROM Dr ...

You can use the control panel,use the add new hardware,donot let windows detect the hardware choose to manually install,click on mfr of cd-rom the type and click on have disk,now reboot the system

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by dheupel In reply to PC Doesn't Read CD-ROM Dr ...

Get a nearby friend with a Windows 98 machine to create a Windows 98 Emergency Startup diskette for you. If your CD-ROM is ATAPI compliant, you're in good shape. Boot your PC from the diskette your friend gives you, and you should be able to reinstall Windows 98 from your CD.

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by Rustys In reply to PC Doesn't Read CD-ROM Dr ...

Depending upon the BIOS chec to see if you can boot from the CD and install that way.

If you are wanting to keep Linux watch it so you do not wipe it out.

You may need to install Win98 then Lunix.

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by csmith In reply to PC Doesn't Read CD-ROM Dr ...

There is not enough information in the question to tell if this is a hardware or software problem, but that is not a problem.
You can troubleshoot it easily.
If this is a hardware problem the CD-ROM would not have worked in Linux. If it didn't, consult the installer of the CD-ROM, if it did then the problem is in the not quite compliant interface of some CD-ROMs.
You did not state the model name and manufacturer. Fortunatly there are only two main methods to overcome this problem.
Since youreformatted the HD it is blank.
The first method (most common) is to reformat the HD and add the command to make it a system disk. Copy the driver for the CD-ROM to the root directory of the HD.
Add the command to config.sys on the HD to run the driver. Cold boot on the HD.
About half the time this doesn't work, if so.
Copy mscdex.exe to the root directory. Cold boot again. If no go, add the mscdex.exe command (With all proper switches) to Autoexec.bat. If still no go, (Second method starts)edit a Win98 Startup Disk by adding the driver to the config.sys of the floppy. (Make sure you add C:\driver.sys not just driver.sys, and of course don't forget any switches.) Cold boot. If it still doesn't work, email me. (There are more work arounds)
The necessity of the driver is usually caused by excessive cost cutting by the CD-ROM manufacturer. (It can also be some odd feature.)
Regards, Chris

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by alexcamp In reply to PC Doesn't Read CD-ROM Dr ...

Thanks. That helped me debug the problem.

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