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Installing CDROM drivers, then 98

Dell Latitude LT
December 15, 2006 at 23:34:36
Specs: Windows 98, 266 mhz

Hi everyone,
I'm trying to get Windows 98 installed on my laptop. I used to get an error that said the OEMCD001 driver was missing, so I could never get the CD drive to work. I found DAVEINCAPS' directions (http://www.computing.net/windows95/wwwboard/forum/169039.html) and found the OAKCDROM.sys driver and messed with the config.sys and autoexec.bat and everything.... anyway, I booted to the hard drive after copying config, autoexec, himem, oakcdrom, and mscdex. I see a flash of the Windows 98 loading screen, but then it reverts to saying it can't find the OEMCD001 driver, and gives me an A:/ prompt. Any ideas? Anything is appreciated, thanks!

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#1
December 16, 2006 at 00:17:00

So... this is the same situation, a machine with 'swappable' CD and floppy drives?

If you're booting from the hard drive, it seems odd that you would end up at an "A:" prompt - - you are booting with the CD drive connected, right?

What is the exact error message?

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter


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#3
December 16, 2006 at 02:29:14

The person in that thread never posted back on whether oakcdrom.sys worked. It works for most cdroms but laptops sometimes need proprietary drivers. And you did swap out the floppy drive and put the cdrom in before you booted up?

Post back the exact contents of the config.sys and autoexec.bat you put on the hard drive. Dos is very picky about syntax. Then do a dir c:\ and enter. Post back what it says. That way we can verify you've got the files on the root directory of the hard drive.


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#4
December 16, 2006 at 12:41:24

My situation is actually a little different, I can have a floppy drive and CDROM in at the same time.

autoexec.bat says:
C:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001

config.sys says:
DEVICE=C:\OAKCDROM.SYS /D:MSCD001

(I tried using MSCD001 this time instead of OEMCD001)

So now I boot to the hard drive:
This driver is provided by Oak Tech. Inc. ...... 0TI-91X ATAPI CD-ROM device driver, Rev 091XV352 ..........
Device Name: MSCD001
No drives found, aborting installation


C:\>C:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001
Device driver not found: 'MSCD001'.
No valid CDROM device drivers selected

Here are the files I have on C:

command.com
mscdex.exe
oakcdrom.sys
autoexec.bat
config.sys

So that's where I am. Ignore me when I said it gave me an A:/ prompt. Now it doesn't. So maybe the issue is that this CD drive needs a different driver.


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#5
December 16, 2006 at 12:53:44

Oh let me add, I have a feeling using MSCD001 isn't the right way to go. When I boot to the Win98 CD, it gives me:

This driver is provided by Oak Tech. Inc. ...... 0TI-91X ATAPI CD-ROM device driver, Rev 091XV352 ..........
Device Name: OEMCD001
No drives found, aborting installation

Device driver not found: 'OEMCD001'.
No valid CDROM device drivers selected

NOW it gives me an A:/ prompt!

sorry, I'm not so sharp on this DOS stuff... :)


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#6
December 16, 2006 at 15:19:25

"My situation is actually a little different, I can have a floppy drive and CDROM in at the same time"

Well, FYI, the main reason to go through all of that is if your system can only have one or the other connected - - otherwise, just use a bootdisk, there's no need to install any DOS drivers for a typical Windows installation

As well, you are booting from the Windows CD (which explains the "A:" prompt), so this situation really has little resemblance at all to the other

A little knowledge really is a 'dangerous thing'

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter


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#7
December 16, 2006 at 16:26:23

... at any rate, it seems that the generic 'oak' CD driver isn't correct, and you'd need a proprietary one as mentioned by DAVE - if you can provide the make & model number of the drive, that might facilitate a search.

When you boot from the CD (with CD-ROM support) that basically just loads the oak driver, so doing the same thing from the hard drive or floppy doesn't change matters

Those 'signatures' (OEMCD001 etc.) don't mean a whole lot on their own, they just have to match

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter


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#8
December 16, 2006 at 18:25:38

I'm not familiar with that laptop. Are both the floppy and cdrom internal or is the cdrom added as an external device?

As jboy says, the name given the cdrom--mscd001--or whatever is irrelevent. You can use anything there. You just have to make sure that whatever you call it in the config.sys driver line must be the same as in the mscdex line in autoexec.bat.

Are you certain you can't boot from the 98 CD? Check in cmos/bios setup to see if you can set the cdrom as the first boot device. If so you may be able to avoid all this dos setup stuff.


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#9
December 16, 2006 at 20:00:09

Yeah - I'm having a little trouble following what's being booted from:

"When I boot to the Win98 CD"

... and the fact that they're ending up at the A: prompt seems to indicate the CD is bootable, but since that loads the default oakcdrom.sys DOS CD driver, (which doesn't seem to be working) there is no further progress

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter


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#10
December 16, 2006 at 20:40:16

Yeah, I skimmed over that. I think if it boots from the cdrom, whether or not the dos drivers load is irrelevent. One of the options in the menu should be to start the installation. But I can't remember if I've ever had to do it that way.

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#11
December 16, 2006 at 23:15:29

That's precisely it. It sees the CD, and it can begin the installation, but it will abort because it can't find this certain driver. It's external, and it's the Dell EXTCDR-1. I've found a driver for it, but I doubt it will be able to install in DOS. It's a setup exe and some other things...

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#12
December 17, 2006 at 00:01:41

"External CD" thats a different ball game !!

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

According to this it is connected via a PCMCIA Card, we should of been told this in initial post.

If it is on a PCMCIA Card then try the ARCCD.SYS driver:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...



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#13
December 17, 2006 at 01:17:02

Post back a link to the file you found. We can run the file and see what happens. It's going to be a matter of seeing what the config.sys file it creates looks like. You'll probably just need to edit your config.sys and replace oakcdrom.sys with whatever driver it uses and then copy the driver to the root directory of the c: drive.

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#14
December 17, 2006 at 01:20:34

Sure, there are the 3 options (I recently acquired a bootable 98 CD) but both the 'setup' and the 'with CD-ROM access' choices proceed to load the infamous oakcdrom.sys driver

This seems very different from example originally referenced (which it nearly always is - heh - )

"It's a setup exe and some other things..."

That doesn't necessarily rule it out - some of those packages were self extracting DOS installers
- - anyways, some other links to explore

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter


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#15
December 17, 2006 at 19:47:59

Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it.

I tried ARCCD.sys, but it's for an Archos drive, so it obviously can't find the unit. What I need to do now is find the proper driver. I'm going to try to run that setup.exe and see what happens.


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#16
December 17, 2006 at 21:12:00

Check the 3 laptop installation possibilities:

http://www.windows98.windowsreinsta...


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