optical drive not detected on win98

March 15, 2012 at 13:06:06
Specs: Windows 98
Formatted hard drive, loaded win98 some files loaded others needed to load from installation disk on Optic drive (as used to load Win98) it is present in the device manager but yellow triangled the files it needs are I assumeon the installation disk but it can't now access it. there are no uppers and downers in the H Key local route and I have tried deleting the CDROM and the string in the H Key , nothing as yet has addressed the problem to find the Optic drive.
The Optic drive can reload windows and run various recovery programmes butwill not work with the harddrive W 98 system.....Any thoughts Guys ?

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#1
March 15, 2012 at 14:16:56
Laptop or desktop? If it's a desktop, are both the HDD & CD drive connected to the same IDE cable? If they are, I suggest you separate them, make the HDD the primary master & the CD drive the 2ndary master.

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#2
March 15, 2012 at 15:31:01
Hi ,

It is as namesake a Toshiba Portege M400 Laptop with a Windows XP system originally on it (no longer present or available)


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#3
March 15, 2012 at 15:32:47
Windows 98 first edition or second edition ?

Use an Windows 98SE floppy to format the drive FAT32

Boot from the Windows 98 CD and install.

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


Portégé M400 it is a 6 year old Laptop which came with XP, why would you install a 15 year old O/S ? without driver support ?

Linux would be easier Mint is good !

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#4
March 15, 2012 at 16:17:37
Hi,

A long story.....The laptop is a hand medown which was historically a business use, it was wiped before reciept andthe only ULL windows I have is a W 98 First Edition I have XP upgrage & Vista AND W 7 upgrade but the drive formatted needs a full operational windows system as a foundation...I think ? My intention is to upgrade to W 7 when I can "find" the Optical drive to do so.
I have formatted and partitioned the hard drive to FAT32 via the spotmau software on one of the many reinstalls I have done to date I do not have an external Floppy drive and even if I did the unit will not accept USB hadware without installing drivers ....which I can't same for flash drives and I have no internet connection configuration to get on line with it to update out of date drivers....over to you


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#5
March 15, 2012 at 22:24:46
Forget it completely, Windows 7 will boot and install from the DVD Drive, and there is no upgrade path from W98 anyway.... XP or Vista only!:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#6
March 15, 2012 at 22:47:58
Yeah windows 7 seems unlikely. Does Toshiba even have windows 7 drivers for that model?

Otherwise, for 98 you probably need to install the chipset drivers for it. They may show on their support page as IDE drivers.

If you just want to copy some files from the cd you can always use a bootdisk with cdrom support. The optical drive will then be seen and you can copy the files using dos commands.


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#7
March 16, 2012 at 05:35:59
You can do a clean install of XP using the upgrade disc. Just boot off the XP disc, start the installation & when prompted, eject the XP disc & insert the Win98 disc. Once the disc is verified, eject the 98 disc, re-insert the XP disc & continue with the installation.

You should really have a minimum of 512MB RAM for XP otherwise the system will perform poorly.


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#8
March 16, 2012 at 06:39:16
I have tried loading the XP upgrade and then putting in the W 98 it will load to a certain point then fail, it has done this a number of times.
I am not near the computer at the moment however I think it requests to load from the live Windows system rather than cold start from the drive ? eg run the programme upgrade when the existing windows is operating rather than running it from boot

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#9
March 16, 2012 at 08:02:56
Missed that, yes boot of the XP Upgrade Cd is correct as Rider states, then when requested insert the W98 Full Version CD. If it still has issues maybe it is a hardware issue ?

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#10
March 16, 2012 at 08:28:49
"putting in the W 98 it will load to a certain point then fail"

Can you explain in more detail?

"8. Setup will scan for previous Windows installations

9. If you are using the upgrade version of XP on a computer without any version of Windows currently installed, this is where you will replace the XP CD with your qualifying CD, XP setup will scan the qualifying CD and instruct you to replace it with the XP CD to continue XP setup; otherwise, you will not see this screen. Clean install qualifying media can be any of the following Win NT3.51, 4.0, 2000, Win 95, 98, Me and XP Home when upgrading to XP Pro.

10. Choose the location to install."

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/c...


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