Unable to Use DVD Drive

Asus international / P5q se2
August 24, 2009 at 11:55:28
Specs: Win98
Hi. Just built a new computer:

Asus P5Q SE2 mobo
Intel Core2 Quad Q9550
1GB Corsair RAM
160GB Maxtor HDD
Asus QuieTrack DVD-ROM
Windows 98 OS

Heres my problem:

I am unable to have my comp detect my DVD-ROM drive in Windows. I looked in the BIOS and it is able to see that i have it connected, but i am unable to use ANY discs in it. I set the DVD-ROM to 1st priority and tried to reformat and boot off of the Win98 CD, but i get a screen that says it is unable to find the device drivers. I have the drivers on a cd that came with my mobo, but obviously i am unable to use it if i can't get my DVD-Rom to work! I have my HDD and DVD-ROM connected on one IDE connector (my mobo has only 1 IDE connection available) with my HDD set as Master and the DVD-ROM set as slave. All of the jumpers correspond to this. How do i get my DVD drive to read discs!? I have tried flipping the Master/Slave set up and disconnecting the HDD and attempting to boot straight from the CD, but nothing will work. Any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks!

p.s. I have read that some newer mobos are unable to use Win98. Could that be the problem?

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August 24, 2009 at 13:26:05
I would guess that your motherboard is not compayible with Win98 as the primary OS. I doubt it even supports it at all.

Check the MOBO Manual, or MFG's Website.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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August 24, 2009 at 16:00:44
Is the hard drive connected directly to the motherboard?

Is the hard drive a SATA type? Win98 can't use that type of drive. Also, there are probably no drivers for at least some of the hardware.

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August 25, 2009 at 09:52:44
The HDD is IDE and is connected as Master to the MOBO. Just gonna go and get a SATA HDD to make things easier (its not like they're expensive).

Gonna try WinXP and see if that works. Thanks for the help! Any more ideas would be appreciated as well!

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August 25, 2009 at 13:02:00
SATA will NOT make it easier.

I am surprised you were able to install Win98 at all. Check the POST screens at start up to see if all your drives are being properly configured in the BIOS. If the DVD drive doesn't show by model there then you have a hardware issue. Either jumpers or cable. If the hard drive is no the same cable then the controller must be working.

Double check the jumper position.

If all drives show in the POST screens then it is a Windows driver issue. As dumbob already stated the motherboard may not support Win98. If there are no chipset drivers then you have a problem.

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August 25, 2009 at 13:32:40

Win98 is not compatible on my MOBO. loaded XP straight on the HDD and no problems. everything is working now: DVD, HDD, drivers are all there.... thanks for the help everyone!

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