Solved DVD drive is not found by install disk(s)

January 18, 2013 at 15:12:02
Specs: Windows 98 se, E8400 3.00 GHz/8gigs
Trying to install 98SE on a SATA II system. Using floppy to start install it will not find the DVD drive, using 98SE CD it can not find "BANNANA". XP and LINUX have no problem using the drive though. POST lists all the drives I have on this system, Lightscribe DVD-ROM, boot disk is 64gb SSD and 4 x HDD's 80gb. BIOS is set to IDE mode at this SATA port.

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January 18, 2013 at 16:23:49
If the drive is not supported by windows 98, you will have to copy the WIN98 directory from the CD onto the hard disk using another operating system.

EDIT: make sure the file system is FAT32. Also it is worth noting that windows 98 will install it's bootloader over XP's and linux.

Once you have done that, boot using the floppy disk and navigate to the directory on the hard disk. Run the setup file from there and windows 98 will install using the files from there.

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January 18, 2013 at 17:05:41
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Gee, where to begin. Well there is a dos sata cdrom driver--gcdrom.sys. You'd need to add it to your bootdisk and edit a line to load it in config.sys. That's a dos driver and I don't think there's a windows 98 driver for a sata cdrom. So even if you get 98 loaded I don't think it will see the sata cdrom.

I don't think the 98 cd is going to see a sata hard drive, if that's what you have, even in IDE mode. Although if you can get the files copied to the drive you may be able to do the install.

98 isn't going to install with 8 gig of ram. You need to lower it to 512 meg or less to do the install. Then there are some tweaks that should work to allow 98 to function with 7 1/2 gig of unnecessary ram.

And of course you'll need to find 98 drivers for the motherboard hardware.

You might be better off finding an old P-III to install 98 on.

Edit What happens if you boot from the 98 cd instead of using a bootdisk?

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January 18, 2013 at 20:04:55
I admire your efforts and wish you success. But you're going to encounter a lot of "bumps" along your path.

I think, not 100% sure, that as long as you're using IDE mode Windows 98 should be able to use your drives once you get it installed.

If you are very dedicated to this project I recommend you have a look at this page, which has solutions for many of the possible issues you will encounter. Some of them are not free, but I recommend them 100%.

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January 19, 2013 at 12:56:52
Thank you all 3 for your time and knowledge, I am going to keep chipping away at it, if only for the learning, and education that results.
It is awesome that you all share your skills with some one of lesser knowledge, it's appreciated.

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January 19, 2013 at 17:47:13
You're welcome! Good luck.

You may want to look at some of these topics at MSFN, it's the most active Windows 9x community left on the net and there's a lot of information linked here:

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January 20, 2013 at 09:37:22
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January 20, 2013 at 11:45:16
Please pardon the assumtion, and respects to the proprietor. Thank you again for the information, Regards to all who offer assistance.

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January 23, 2013 at 00:10:10
BANANA was the name given to the MSCD driver in a popular 95c bootdisk available at Which probably means the floppy you are trying to use is NOT a 98 version but should be. The 98 bootdisk from is a bit more useable than the 95c one anyway. But you'll still have to add the driver, name it, and load it in config.sys as DAVEINCAPS says. For this task one should read the config.sys file on the 95c bootdisk as it is rich in just such instructions. But 95 DOS shouldn't be attempting to install 98.


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January 25, 2013 at 09:46:08
Thanks for the response, I was going to give that a go actually, just ran out of available time. Both labels on floppy and CD say 98. I ran WIN 98 in Virtual on an XP machine and made a new floppy, will add as DAVEINCAPS suggested, see where it goes.

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