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Setup gives message "Not ready reading Drive G, Abort, Retry Fail?

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Hi.
I currently multi-boot into Win NT, MS-DOS 6.22 and SUN Solaris. Ive got spare disk space and would like also to boot into Win 95. When I boot into MS DOS and run either the Win 95 installation disc's setup.exe in G:\ (G being my CD-ROM drive) or the one in G:\Win95, I get the error
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 "Not ready reading Drive G. Abort, Retry, Fail?"

Oddly enough, I'm able to install other apps such as MS Word and MS FrontPage off of my CD ROM drive. Also the command 'setup /?' works, displaying a list of command options, leading me to think that the cd-rom isnt at fault but rather that theres a ghost hiding deep within the recesses of my computers architecture. Oh and also, although I know it isnt possible to run Setup from Windows NT, when i try to "Browse this CD" from the graphical display, I repeatedly get the error "Please reinsert your Windows 95 CD-ROM"

Does any expert know what could be wrong? Please help. Thanks a lot. David Makil.

dmakil@mandm-trading.cnchost.com


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by:dmakil2
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by:smeebud
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Turn off Autoinsert notification.
And check you bios to see that G is defined.
What version of 95? OSR2?

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by:johnt082197
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If you have enough hard drive space, make a temporary directory on it and copy the contents of that CD ROM drive in it.
Try to install from there.
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dmakil2...

Can you update on how many Drives, and partition you have and where each OS is installed??  It's crucial to know.  You have to understand also that NT does not support FAT32, therefore it could be a problem here with NT.

Wait for your post
Regards
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How do you that the CD-ROM is the G drive when you boot from DOS?  Do you specfically assign G to the CD-ROM on the MSCDEX command in your autoexec.bat.
If not, the CD-ROM might not be the drive you expect
When you boot your system in MS-DOS, it will ignore any partitions that it does not understand so the CD-ROM will probably be a lower drive ID than you expect. You should add /L:x to the MSCDEX command line where x is a drive id that is know not to exist. (You should also ensure that you have LASTDRIVE=Z in your config.sys to ensure that DOS leaves enough internal memory to use your drive ID.

Best of luck.
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by:spiridonov
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Try running CD check on your Win'95 CD ROM. If you are able to instaal other software ,could be that the disk itself is faulty. Have you tried another disk?
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Because I believe in this superior Product I'm offering to you as an answer:
Partition Magic.
http://www.powerquest.com/
You need a good boot manager, this have 5 to choose from.
See what Microsoft MVP Lee Chapelle has to say about it at;
http://www.webdev.net/orca/index1.htm


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by:magigraf
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It's not that simple smeebud, there is a catch with NT.  That's why I was waiting for an update before giving an answer.
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by:smeebud
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dmakil2,
While I believe Partition magic to be a good answer, Reject my answer so magigraf can tell your his method. It is sound.
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by:magigraf
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Come on smee..
Why did you do that?? Let him try your option first??
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by:smeebud
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Because Partition manager is not free. Your advice is:)
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by:magigraf
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I guess, you got me..
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by:dew_associates
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Dmakil2: You may want to give further  thought to installing Windows 95 from Dos while there are two other conflicting operating systems on the same computer, namely NT and Sun. Windows 95 will destroy the mater boot record during the install, which will take out your current boot manager, which I presume to be Windows NT. There is, however, a way around this. In addition, there may be another issue relating to your problem, and that is whether or not you have a standard IDE CD Rom drive or an Atapi compliant drive that requires an Atapi manager besides the typical cd rom drivers. If an Atapi manager is loading in real mode, this will cause a problem during a Windows 95 install.

Here's an easy way to figure out where your system stands:

Boot to Dos 6.22, then, at the Dos prompt, type MSD, like this (presuming that your in your "C" drive) and touch enter.

c:\>MSD  <enter>

Note the location of your cd rom drive letter. If there's no cd rom letter shown, then your cd rom drivers are not loading and will need to be inserted in your config.sys and autoexec.bat files. If you need help creating these, let us know.

Once you have your cd rom drive letter, you can load windows 95 from the Dos prompt, however be aware that windows 95 will destroy your old master boot record and create a new one where Dos is located. Although you can place your Windows 95 directory in any partition on any drive, it must boot from the active drive (presumably drive "C" in your case). After you have loaded Windows 95, you will need to change the Boot.ini file for Windows NT to correctly reflect that your old dos is now windows 95. To access Dos 6.22, you'll have to do that through Windows 95.

If you want to use the original Dos 6.22 without Windows 95 intervention, you will have to employ a separate boot manager that is capable of remapping the active drive as part of the boot process, such as that employed by partition magic or system commander.

If you need more, just ask!
Dennis
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