cd rom driver not ready on dos boot

May 2, 2012 at 04:21:26
Specs: dos6.2, pentium 2
cd rom driver not ready on dos boot,i'm confused, its not reconizing the cd rom drive when booting up, no go even with win98se cd support, abort or retry. well i'm baffelled on what to do. i've loaded it in config.sys and autoexec.bat, loads dos into high mem. i'm open to suggestions

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May 2, 2012 at 06:32:39
DOS requires a third-party CD-ROM driver from the drive manufacturer, and the problem today is that the drive manufacturer's don't supply drivers any more because modern versions of Windows don't need DOS, and Windows uses Microsoft generic drivers for optical drives, and they are supplied with Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.

If you have put the necessary lines into config.sys & autoexec.bat and you're sure the commands are correct, you may be specifying a driver which is not compatible with your make/model of CD-ROM drive.

Under DOS, each make & model of CD-ROM drive requires a different driver from the manufacturer (only now they don't supply drivers any more, like I said earlier, because DOS is obsolete).

I have to say it's time you moved up to a modern version of Windows where problems with DOS do not arise.

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May 2, 2012 at 11:23:24
Ignore ยง2 it is perfectly acceptable to run MS-DOS in this day and age as a standalone O/S. See below for CD help:

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

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May 3, 2012 at 01:01:00
Post back contents of config.sys and autoexec.bat.

Did anything change between the last time it worked OK and the first time it didn't? Were you inside the case fiddling with cables or disconnecting/reconnecting stuff?

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May 3, 2012 at 03:02:33
Hi MissMartha,

I would start by checking the bios to see the cd-rom drive is enabled. You may have to do this on two separate pages.

Quite possibly booting into dos may only be possible from the floppy or hard drive, as it cannot support a cd drive at that stage.

As dos boots, dos uses files config.sys and autoexec.bat for various purposes, including (both) for adding cd support to itself.

There is a generic floppy disc available that probably has the driver(s) and instructions for installing all cd rom drives.

If the windows os you use, is one that runs under dos, it might not be able to use the cd drive, if dos cannot already do same.

Please post the details Daveincaps has requested.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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