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Posted on 1998-02-07
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I have a Mitusmi FX800 installed on Pentium 133, 32M memory, Windows 95, on a Soundblaster 16 card.

The CD ROM is jumpered as Master.

The soundcard is jumpered asIDE IRQ Line =10 and IDE CD ROM Interface = Quaternary.

I have a CD ROM Icon as drive D. The drive will read some CD's and not others. The CD I am having trouble with can be read on other machines. I can do a dir at the dos prompt and it shows what is on the CD, but if I try to change to one of the directories it says it does not exist, same problem in explorer.

If I look in system I have a yellow exclamation mark. CD ROM resources say Interrupt Request =  10, I/O Range = 01E8 - 01EF with No Conflicts.  General Info says: Device not present, not working properly or does not have all the drives installed (Code 10).
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The FX800 is a standard drive and is supported by Win95 so you don't need any special drivers.  Please check, however, that you have no MSDOS mode drivers for the CDROM.

First, check your config.sys for a line like:

DEVICE=CDROM.SYS /D:MSCDXYZ

If there is such a thing, put a REM at the beginning of the line.  If you are in doubt, put the CONFIG.SYS here and we can look at it.

Then, in your AUTOEXEC.BAT, look for a line like

MSCDEX (other stuff here)

If this is present, REM it out too.

Now reboot and see if the drive works with the standard Win95 drivers.

Another possibility is that the drive itself is marginal and works with some disks that are "good" and fails with others that are "marginal" in their quality.  The optical alignment can be off slightly, the laser can be at the low end (or even below) the spec, or it could be as simple as dirt on the lens.  
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When I rem out the lines and rebooted I lost my ICON for the CD drive.  So, I went to the system, it still had the CD Rom there so I deleted the driver, reinstalled, rebooted and everything is working fine. It reads the disk I was having trouble with.

Thanks a lot.  Gary
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