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PCMCIA & Windows 3.1 Problems

By ratcatcher ·
Hi, I have reformatted my laptop computer with a single partition and installed DOS 6.2 (only) but when I try to install the set of DOS drivers for my PCMCIA CD-ROM I get the following reports:-
1. Card Services Release 2.1 not found
2. Card Services Client not found.

Also, if I try to install Windows 3.1 (from floppy disks) the installation halts at disk two.
However, if I boot up from a Windows 98 boot disk, Windows 3.1 continues install providing I ?Lock Drive C (Because of long filenames) but won't run due to corrupt files.
As a Note, I have previously used the same Windows 3.1 installation disks without the 98-boot disk and without any problems.

Would someone please be kind enough and tell me how to get over these problems.
Thanks

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by TheChas In reply to PCMCIA & Windows 3.1 Pro ...

1. Before you can install the PCMCIA CD drive, you need to install the DOS PCMCIA interface drivers.
This is what is being referred to as Card Services.

You are best off to look for the drivers from the laptop mfg.

I have a friend who went through this same issue, and it took him forever to get the correct drivers.

2. This may be somewhat related to issue 1. DOS likely does not have the correct 'native' drivers to deal with the interfaces on the laptop.
Finding, and installing DOSdrivers for the laptop should fix both issues.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to PCMCIA & Windows 3.1 Pro ...

I stumbled upon a source for PC card drivers for DOS.

http://www.esupport.com/products/cardware/cardwaredos.cfm

Unfortunately, the cost is $70.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to PCMCIA & Windows 3.1 Pro ...

Now that I know you are attempting to install Windows 9X onto the laptop, I have an alternate solution.

You can get a 2.5" to 3.5" drive convertor kit for under $10.
Temporarily install the laptop drive onto a desktop PC.
Copy the Windows CD onto the laptop drive.
Use a folder such as W9X or Windows\Options

I would also copy any driver files needed onto the drive drivers\mfgname

Just keep your folder names at 8 characters or less.

Boot with the startup disk, and browse over to the folder you copied the CD to.
Then, run setup from there.

You will never need the windows CD to install drivers or protocals.

I use a hot-swap bay, and copy the CD over for every new system I setup. Saves a lot of time swapping CDs.

Chas

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by sonnguyen In reply to PCMCIA & Windows 3.1 Pro ...

Would driver be an issue if you install you laptop with win95 or win98?
If booting up with win95 or 98 diskett allows you to see the files (in Dos mode) in the Windows cd which is placed inside you PCMCIA CD Drive then you will have no problem. In fact while booting to Dos and select the option with CD support you should be able to tell whether dos is loading driver for your PCMCIA CD drive.

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by ratcatcher In reply to PCMCIA & Windows 3.1 Pro ...

Thanks Chas, I'll have a look at that site but I'll think I'll try the mfg firts.

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by ratcatcher In reply to PCMCIA & Windows 3.1 Pro ...

Thanks Sonnguyen for the info, but I?ve already tried that and it doesn?t work due to the PCMCIA issue.
Incidentally, the Windows 95 boot disk does not allow Win 3.1 to install, only the windows 98 boot disk works.

I have Windows 95 and 98 OS but can?t install either because the CD-ROM isn?t recognised, leading me back to my first question.

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by ratcatcher In reply to PCMCIA & Windows 3.1 Pro ...

Thanks for the info Chas, That's what'll end up doing as I've had no luck with obtaining the drivers from the mfg. They went out of business some years ago.

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by ratcatcher In reply to PCMCIA & Windows 3.1 Pro ...

Hi Chas, I've had a look around here in England but can't seem to find a 2.5" to 3.5" drive converter kit.
Could you let me know which one you use and, if possible, any web addresses where I could buy one.
Thanks

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