Windows "hangs" adding hardware driver
Posted on 1998-03-29
I have built a new PC, but used my old hard drive. I tried to install a new IDE driver and it had a conflict with my old driver. I removed the old driver, but only the "parent" was removed. The primary and secondary "children" remain.
When I try to run Windows 95, it detects new hardware:
System board extension for PnP Bios - software drivers load OK
PCI bus - Win 95 hangs and says, "PCI Bus, Windows has found new hardware and is installing the software for it". This never completes - I eventually have to turn the PC off.
I can run Win 95 in "Safe Mode", but I cannot use the "Add new hardware" wizard, as it is not supported in this mode.
I think the problem is that Windows expects to find the driver on the CD-ROM, but since there is a problem with the IDE driver, it can't find it. I'm somewhat confused though, as the hard drive works fine. Note: the hard drive is on the primary IDE controller and the CD-ROM is on the secondary.
I have tried MS-DOS mode as well, as it loads DOS drivers for the CD-ROM, but it is not recognized. I can change to the D drive, but can't access it - I get a message that the drive is not ready.
I don't know what to try next. HELP!