CD drivers needed!

April 28, 2011 at 11:20:18
Specs: Win 3.1/DOS6.20, 200 Mhz intel MMX/64 MB
I know i'm monopolizing the Win 3.1 chat on this single computer but here i go.

This is the same computer as before, dos 6.2, win 3.1, 5 1/2 and 3 /12 floppy, etc. I installed a gateway ATAPI CD drive in it, but i don't have any drivers. can somebody send me dos or win CD drivers? The BIOS reconizes it, looks at it to boot from, but DOS and WIN don't see it.
P.S it is not a writable or rewritable drive as i have had experience with those and they don't work on WIN or DOS without a special program.

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April 28, 2011 at 14:13:21
Ok. First of all, have you got mscdex.exe? If you do not, go to

There is a download link there for MSCDEX.EXE which you will need.

The drivers are there too.

The generic driver I prefer is the Gold Star (gscdrom.sys), but oakcdrom.sys will do, but it's more verbose on boot up.

Back on the original page, it will tell you exactly what to do.

It's got examples and everything.

Just looking at the example on that page, they say something a bit confusing. So let me clear it up:

In my config.sys I have the line:


In autoexec.bat it is:


It should work. All things considered, loading the CD-ROM driver is just a matter getting files and marking lines in your bootup files. Always have a boot disk handy in case you need to re-edit if something goes wrong.

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April 28, 2011 at 19:24:04
The /S switch for MSCDEX.exe is worthwhile turning on if you are still having trouble on booting Windows. It Instructs MSCDEX to patch DOS to allow sharing of CD-ROM drives on ms-networks.

In older versions of DOS, it might be necessary to have the /S switch on.

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April 28, 2011 at 19:31:04
thanx. your suggestions worked! didn't have the parimeters in my AUTOEXEC and CONFIG files. great!

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