toughbook cf-45 win xp no cdrom after new hd

January 23, 2011 at 16:56:52
Specs: Windows XP pro, old
I have a toughbook cf-45 i am trying to get running. it came with no cds or floppies and no hard drive. i put in a new hard drive and partitioned it off so it will be compatible. it will boot with no disks installed and get to the dos prompt menu after it tells me device driver not found 'mscd001' no valid cdrom device drivers found. After much searching i have found the correct driver for this cdrom despite it being discontinued. I tried copying it over to the c drive but i guess i am not getting my autoexec.bat or config.sys files to line up correctly for it to see the cdrom. i am tempted to just load xp on an external cdrom just to get this computer up and running and then worry about the cdrom later. Anyone have any ideas on how i can get this working. i am really not to worried with the cdrom i just need the OS loaded on it for data logging in my car. '

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January 24, 2011 at 20:13:37

I do not know anything about a CF-45 toughbook. I noticed from your link to “” that your computer is booting up to the A:/ prompt. Booting with the floppy you would need a line something like the follow on the floppy.

DEVICE=CD1.sys /D:MSCD001 (would be part of a config.sys)

MSCDEX.exe /D: MSCD001 (would be part of a autoexec.bat).

The CD1.sys is the driver for the CD-rom. The MSCD001 is the name for your CD-rom. This name could be anything, tomato, banana, etc, but it has to be the same on both lines. You will need to put the CD-rom driver on you floppy or its exact location on you hard drive (the one you downloaded). The MSCDEX.exe is a MS-DOS file (would need to be on the floppy).

Be sure not to put any spaces between “device=CD1.sys.”


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