Win98 not seeing CD drive

December 2, 2009 at 20:09:11
Specs: Windows XP
Sorry...this is a little long, I have partitioned the hard drive using fdisk which asigned the letters C and D, they are both formated Fat32 with Win98 installed first on C drive and XP on D drive, XP works fine and sees the CD drive as E drive, Win98 does not see the CD drive but works fine otherwise,
During the Win98 install it could not install drivers because it could not find the CD drive "E" all I got was the stupid message...D:\Windows|system|precopy not found, and it wouldn't let me use "E" drive to direct it to the precopy folders.
My question do I get the Win98 to see my CD drive?
thanks in advance

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December 3, 2009 at 03:32:41
During the installation critical files were not available, you may not be able to get there from here.

Installing Windows from the hard drive would have avoided this problem in the first place. Perhaps you need to do it all over again and this time first copy the files from the Win98 folder onto the hard drive and run setup from there since you already know you have real issues with your CDROM drive delivering defective data at installation time.

Since 98 was shipped with Bus Mastering shut off, it might also be a DMA issue with your hard drive?
Enabling IDE DMA on Windows-based Systems

DMA turn on fix

Another area to look at would be how much memory you have, if it's over 512 meg you need to scribble some in your system ini file.

Other issues would be the size of your 98 partition. Above 137 gig seems to cause troubles. And the stock fdisk.exe messes up at 64 gig, there was a replacement fdisk issued.

I don't have a fix for you other than to help you see where it went wrong the first time and do it again. Patching bad installations are always best fixed by a good clean installation.


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December 3, 2009 at 12:11:14
Yeah, a reinstall seems in order. You may want to post back specs on the hardware you're using. Also is it a SATA cdrom?

Onward to 300

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December 3, 2009 at 13:05:53
If your CD drive is a SATA type you may not get it to show in Win98. That would depend on the options in the BIOS. You need to give up some specs and tell us how all drives are cabled and jumpered.

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December 6, 2009 at 07:22:10
Try opening your pc tower and remove the ribbon cable from the cd drive boot into 98 then shut down the pc. Then replace the ribbon cable and boot back into 98. The cd drive should then be detected and drivers loaded for it. Or you can try control panel, add new hardware and let it auto detect and find the cd drive or manually add the cd drive from add new hardware.

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December 7, 2009 at 03:50:57
If 98 installed from CD but now can't see it, something is very strange.

DID IT install from CD?

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December 8, 2009 at 15:21:12
Thanks everyone for their helpful knowledge and time, I have had no luck and have reformated the hard drive and gone to a single boot XP install.
I was trying to work around XP service pack 2 issues with older Magellan software,W98 might have helped but lifes to short...thanks again.

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December 8, 2009 at 15:32:10
You never stated if SATA drives were present. The answer may help someone in the future.

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