Windows 98 DVD-ROM Drivers

Dell Dimension c521 desktop
November 28, 2009 at 09:28:10
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 / Windows 98 SE, 1GB RAM amd athlon 64
For some reason, in Windows 98 which I
finally can boot into, I have no CD drive. And I
need drivers for my CD drive so it will show up
- so I can use my Dell Resource CD to install
the [i]other[/i] drivers, if necessary. I'm about
to install my nVidia graphics driver, but I'd like
to put the CD driver onto my partition of W98
before I reboot again. I'm stuck in VGA
graphics adapter until my nVidia driver is
installed. But I can't really live without a
functioning CD drive...

I've tried's help installing
standard CD drivers for Windows 98, but on
help for installing them "Dell" is not on the
manufacturer's page. I think my DVD-RW drive
is by Dell, because when I refer to it in the
BIOS, it just says SATA or whatever not on
the list either...

For those of you who haven't answered any of
my questions yet:

Dell Dimension C521 Desktop
1GB RAM (already fixed ram limit for 98se)
AMD Athlon 64 processor, already installed
Cool'n quiet windows ME drivers which seem
to work
have and will install: nvidia geforce 6150le
drivers for windows98 se
dell recource cd (bootable, but no drivers from
booting it)
windows xp oem cd
windows 98se retail cd

Any Help? :(

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November 28, 2009 at 11:29:51
... have you tried loading the drivers from "autoexec.bat" + config.sys(?)

... of course it would be handy to have the correct DVD driver

... here's the std win98:

... Add the following line to the CONFIG.SYS file:


... Add the fillowing line to the AUTOEXEC.BAT file:

c:\windows\command\mscdex.exe /d:mscd001 /l:E

... your drive letter will be E:

... OAKCDROM.SYS to be copied to C: and should be replaced with the correct driver ...when you find out what it is!

... mscdex.exe should be in the above path.


c:\windows\command\mscdex /d:mscd001 /l:E



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November 28, 2009 at 19:06:16
As I mentioned in one of your previous threads, 98 may not see your DVD if it's SATA, which it apparently is. I don't think there's any 98 SATA support provided by microsoft. However if you can find 98 nvidia support for your chipset it may provide SATA support.

The config.sys and autoexec.bat modifications mentioned by mavis007 might work in safe mode or if you boot to 'command prompt only' via F8. That would allow you to copy from the cd to the hard drive. Then reboot to normal mode and run the copied software.

Also, OAKCDROM.SYS won't work. You would need GCDROM.SYS.

Help me Jebus!

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