Configure USB and CD drives via dos

August 19, 2010 at 11:59:36
Specs: Windows XP
I have an old machine with win 3.11. there are usb ports and an installed cd reader. I can get neither congigured to work. How is this done?

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August 19, 2010 at 12:35:51
USB in Win3 may be possible with some dos drivers. You'd have see about getting it to work in dos first.

Same for the cd. Most older cd drives came with dos drivers that had some entry in both autoexec.bat and config.sys to get them to work.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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August 19, 2010 at 12:40:47
I doubt if you are ever going to get USB ti work with Windows 3.11. Windows 3.11 pre-dates USB by about ten years.

However you can try these:

You get the CD working you need two files, MSCDEX.EXE and and a CD driver. OAKCDROM.sys is a universal driver that should work with most CD players..

These did not come as standard with Win 3.11, only with Windows 95. However they are 16 bit drivers so should work with Windows 3,11


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August 19, 2010 at 12:55:55

Windows 3.11 is a GUI therefore saying above USB will not work in Win 3.11 is irrelevent. The OP is asking about MS-DOS USB Support

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August 19, 2010 at 15:16:39
I marked these as good info on dos USB support:

As already mentioned, setting up an internal atapi cdrom is no problem. Add a line loading oakcdrom.sys or other cdrom driver in config.sys and then mscdex in autoexec.bat. Depending on your dos version mscdex may already be in your dos directory. Just copy the cdrom driver there too. Post back if you need help in editing config.sys and autoexec.bat to include cdrom support.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation

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