Solved Need to replace 5¼ floppy drive with CD driv

June 3, 2011 at 19:33:12
Specs: Windows 95
Have a 486 Windows 95 and need to replace 5.25 floopy drive with a cd drive. Can it be done?

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June 3, 2011 at 19:57:51
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Well you can remove the 5.25 and put the cdrom in the same drive bay. But you'll need an available IDE port to hook it up as a floppy cable won't connect to a cdrom.

You can have up to 2 drives on an IDE cable so even if you only have one IDE port you can connect both the hard drive and cdrom to it--just make sure the jumpers are correct.

Or, if you have 2 IDE ports you can probably just connect the cdrom to the second one.

(I'm assuming the cdrom is IDE/atapi and not an older proprietary one, SCSI or SATA.

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June 4, 2011 at 01:58:52
Be careful with a 486 and having a fast cd drive, as it may be too for fast for the pc to handle, giving rise to problems.

I was advised by a technician that 20/24 is probably the maximum.

If you have a spare 5.25" bay, use that and keep the floppy drive.

If the pc does not support a cd, you will have to modify config.sys and autoexec.bat as a driver required.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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June 4, 2011 at 07:42:00

I will give it a try

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June 4, 2011 at 11:48:39
Used to be way to get a pci or isa card to cdrom too.

Why are messing with that old of a computer anyway? For the price of the upgrade you put that to a new basic computer.

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June 5, 2011 at 06:53:30
It is a long story but I have some programs that run off of Windows 3.11.

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June 5, 2011 at 15:28:20
Yeah, I used to buy a Hi Val combination package at compUSA that had an 8X cdrom, sound card and speakers for about $100 and put them in 486's. The sound card always had an IDE port for the cdrom.

As I recall the speed ranking back then depended on if the computer was 'enhanced' IDE capable. So something like a 40X in a 486 would max out at about 20X. But at least you'd have a cdrom.

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