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Reinstalling Win95 to find cd drive

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I seem to have done something wrong while updating/reloading windows95 - I can't get in anymore.  The last message I often get is a lost mouse drive and that I must "reinstall windows".  However, my install is in my e:/ drive and windows won't read that drive in safe mode (which is as far as i can get).  I was told that I need to create a bootable disk to make it recognize the e:/ drive - does anyone know how to do this?  HELP!!!!
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You need to first find the model  cd-rom you use for your PC.  Then goto http://www.download.com and do a search for drivers for this cd rom.  If you can't find one for that exact model use the closest that you can find.  Format a floppy with with /s option(Format /s a:).  Copy mscdex.exe from the \windows\command directory to the floppy.  Run the setup program from your cd-rom driver that you download with the a: drive as the target drive.  Now you have a boot disk that will recognize the cd-rom on booting into dos mode.

Keith
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Keith - Thank you so much - however, I've run into a roadblock at the end of your instructions.  I found the driver, I downloaded it to a disk - but now I can't get it to run or setup.  I don't think i know how.  Can you please help some more?  Thanks so much!
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Ok, more than likely the file you downloaded is a zip file.  You need to have a program like pkunzip or winzip to unpackage the file.  If you don't have Winzip you can download it from www.winzip.com.  After you install winzip unzip the files to a temp directory.  Restart the computer with the bootup disk and run the setup program from the a: drive.
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a:\>c:\temp\setup
This will install the necessary files onto you a: drive.  The setup program should ask you the path to mscdex.exe.  This is located on a: per my earlier instructions.

Keith
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In situation that file type of the driver is not zip and is XXX.sys, you must edit your CONFIG.SYS. In config.sys, write this line follwed:
DEVICEHIGH=c:\directory...\XXX.sys /d:MSCD000
or you are not running under HIMEM.sys
DEVICE=c:\directory...\XXX.sys /d:MSCD000
This will help you.

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