Setting up DOS laptop (old Toshiba Satellite)

March 13, 2011 at 19:49:30
Specs: DOS 6.0, Pentium
I picked up an older Toshiba Satellite pro (435CDS) which had win98 loaded on it, but it was a real dog. The laptop has an attachable floppy drive, and a built in CD ROM drive, plus 2 built in PCMCIA slots.
I figured I would turn it into a nice DOS machine, to run my old DOS programs and work on all my old files on diskettes.
So I formatted the hard disk and loaded DOS 6.0 on it, then some nice DOS utilities and software.
Now I am wondering how I can access the CD ROM on there, as well as the two PCMCIA slots?
Was Windows required to do that, or is there a set of drivers or whatnot to get those peripherals to work with DOS?
The Toshiba support site has some Windows drivers but not much for DOS.
Did I make a mistake in formatting it for DOS, thereby losing access to the CD ROM and PCMCIA slots?
I want to use the laptop mainly for text entry (it has a lovely keyboard) and can save documents on floppy, but I have some flashdisk PCMCIA cards I'd like to use, and would be nice to access the cdrom for some uses perhaps.
ANy help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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March 13, 2011 at 23:30:22
You just need the appropriate driver for the internal CD-Rom, not necessarily Windows. If it's ATAPI (IDE) then generic drivers should be enough. Finding DOS drivers for the PCMCIA slots may be much more difficult, however. Trawl around Toshiba (Canada's) website to see if there's something there to be found:

You may also have luck on Drivers Guide, but not having been there lately, I couldn't say for sure...

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March 14, 2011 at 00:18:16
Post back your config.sys and autoexec.bat files. We can try a typical IDE/atapi setup and see if the drivers find the cdrom.

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March 14, 2011 at 00:40:26
"PCMCIA (Laptop) Cards usually require AP Soft's Card and Socket Services Software, which is available in both 16bit and 32bit (Cardbus) versions. PCCard CD Drivers and Network Interface Card Packet Drivers may function without any additional software. "

Regards the CD-ROM Drive it should work with the drivers loaded correctly see above link.

Please note that IBM PC-DOS 7 and PC-DOS2000 have PCMCIA 16bit Support included.

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March 14, 2011 at 07:02:47
Thanks all.
I got the CD ROM going using a CD driver I obtained on the Toshiba support site. THey still have a lot of stuff for these laptops (info, downloads).
Alas, no PCMCIA (PC CARD) drivers for DOS, as far as I could see...
Well, one part done anyway, the search continues.
I did look up "AP Soft's Card and Socket Services Software" link but the cost is prohibitively expensive! Any freeware source out there for somthing that will get my PCMCIA slots read by DOS? THanks

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March 14, 2011 at 11:42:36
Card and Socket Services is Licensed Software.......

This is an older version of C&SS for 16bit only PCMCIA Controllers, (you have not stated wether or not the PCMCIA is 16bit or 32bit CardBus):

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March 14, 2011 at 11:59:38
Sorry for not specifying the PC CARDS. From the Toshiba site:

Two Stacked PC Card Slot2 Yes: ZV Card Ready Yes: ZV Card Ready
16-bit, 5.0V PC Card Support

So I gather they are 16-bit.

That being the case, will the C&S 16 bit driver set ($2.99) do the trick? How straightforward to use and install? THanks!!

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