Windows asking for non-existent drivers on WIN98SE cd-rom

October 17, 2020 at 19:42:27
Specs: Windows 98 Second Edition, 486 @ 133mhz
I am trying to get drivers for a video card, USB card, and a sound card installed on a 133mhz 486 running windows 98 SE. For some reason I was unable to get the hard disk and cd rom visable through the onboard IDE channels. I used a PCI IDE card and was able to get the hard disk recognized. So I used a hard disk which already had Win98 se installed on it since I couldnt interact with the cd rom to install it from a cd.

I am now in windows 98 and have used a USB to IDE device to load all the appropriate drivers and a copy of the contents of the WIN98SE cd rom onto the hard disk.

When I go to install a driver it asks me to insert the WIN98SE cdrom into d:\.
For instance, it is looking for msjstick.dll, and the reccomended location it wants to search is the WIN98SE cd rom. I point it to the directory of the copied WIN98SE cd-rom and it finds no such file. I do a file search for the this specific file, turns up nothing. This happens for all the base files It needs from the WIN98SE cd.

What is going on? Why isnt the file on the cd? Are they all compressed somewhere in the windows98 cd Thank you very much.
The win98 iso is from Archive.org


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#1
October 17, 2020 at 21:05:48
There's an msjstick.drv but I don't find a msjstick.dll. Is that what you meant? As I recall 98 was kind of sloppy when asking for the correct disk. Sometimes I would have to copy the files to a floppy and direct the search there. This might help locating that file:

https://forums.anandtech.com/thread...

Also might be your .iso wasn't of the complete CD.

Likely your HD wasn't recognized because of bios limitation to 8 gig (or maybe less on your 486) but adding the Promise card (or its equivalent) solved that. The cdrom should work OK though on the motherboard's IDE connector. I don't recall any problems with them back when I was working with 486's


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#2
October 17, 2020 at 23:33:30
Thank you for your reply. It's good to see people are still willing and able to try and hash out problems on older systems. I have found the answer to the problem. The drivers are located inside of .CAB files in the directory win98 on the windows 98 se cd rom. If you point it to this directory when asked to insert the cd rom it will show the appropriate .cab file needed.

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#3
October 18, 2020 at 00:09:15
You're welcome. I'm glad you got it figured out. All my windows 98 stuff is packed away and I wasn't sure how good my memory was on the subject.

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