Install Win 98 from external cd-rom drive?

February 14, 2011 at 09:13:19
Specs: Windows 98SE
Hi, i've just bought myself an old Compaq Deskpro so I can use an audio system (Soundscape) that needs an ISA slot. The Compaq has been wiped with no operating system on it - and it has no CD-ROM drive - only a floppy drive.

Am thinking of buying an external USB CD-ROM drive so I can load win 98 on to the Compaq from it. But before I do, is that feasible? will i need drivers for the CD-ROM drive - and if so, how do I get them on to the Compaq?

Any help/advice appreciated.

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February 14, 2011 at 09:28:56
Wy wouldn't you just install an internal CD drive? You should be able to get a used one for about $5. Try Goodwill or Amvets. You can probably get an entire tower for $10.

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February 14, 2011 at 09:34:56
The USB Optical Drive would need to be listed in Bootable Options within the BIOS, no drivers will help what-so-ever.....................

It may be feasible to install MS-DOS on the hard drive and then try to get the USB Drive recognised, if could find drivers that work, but it would be easier to spend a few $$$£££ on an Optical Drive

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February 14, 2011 at 09:49:57
cheers mickliq,

getting a tower with an ISA slot has proved really tricky here in England. hence my purchase of the compaq deskpro, which happened to have one.

i've never tried installing an internal CD drive. is it complicated? i have an old acer cd drive in a redundant tower. could i just take that out and put it in the Compaq?

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February 14, 2011 at 12:52:35
An internal cdrom installs just like a hard drive. The motherboard should have 2 IDE ports. The primary should connect to the hard drive and the secondary to the cdrom. You can connect both the hard drive and cdrom on the same cable if necessary but since you should have 2 IDE ports you may as well connect one to each.

Then check the jumper on the cdrom. Most old compaqs liked to have everything set to cable select (CS) but with only one drive on the cable it doesn't really matter. You can set it as master or cable select.

If you decide to attach it to the same cable as the hard drive then the jumpers do matter. If the hard drive is jumpered as cable select then the cdrom must be jumpered that way also. If the hard drive is jumpered as master then the cdrom is jumpered as slave.

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February 15, 2011 at 10:16:42
cheers for all that help.

i whipped out the old Acer CD drive, but there was no way it was going to fit in the space in the chassis. i've been told since that the compaq deskpro was built to only take a compaq slimline CD drive.

went down to my local pc repair people to see if they had any ideas. after scratching their heads one of them went off and came back with an old PC tower with isa expansion slots and gave it to me for £5. I've ordered some PS/2 to serial/din adapters for the mouse and keyboard and...should be sorted.

Thanks again

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February 15, 2011 at 18:42:32
Oh yeah, I remember those compaqs. Sometimes there would be a normal sized bay cover you could knock out and install the drive there.

The keyboard adapter--which I guess converts the large AT type keyboard connector to the smaller PS/2 (or the other way around)--should work OK. But the mouse adapter may not. They only work with combination mice that are both serial and PS/2 compatible.

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