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Unable to DETERMINE CD-ROM Drive

Posted on 1998-08-25
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I just put together a new computer from scratch, and I was trying to use a legacy Win95 OS from a Packard Bell system that I already have, the Packard Bell CD has imprinted on it "can only be used in origanal Packerd Bell computer". I was able to use the boot disk to FORMAT the Hard Drive and then boot to C drive. I then loaded the drivers for the new CD-ROM which is a Takaya 16x. During the install of the CD-ROM Software and after I gave it the dir for installation (C:\TAKAYA it gave me this message, MSCDEX is not found (please input the drive and directory name) I entered D, after which the message read Installation Complete.
My problem is, I put in the Legacy "BOOT DISC and CD-ROM for Win95" and softboot the PC and I got the message "Unable to determine CD-ROM Drive" so I Aborted. While I was in C Drive I tried to switch to D: drive and I got the message " Invaled Drive Specification.
My IDE CD-Rom is Slave to my IDE HHD and it is reconized in BIOS as such.
Question "How do I get my CD-ROM working"????????
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You need to load the drivers of the CD ROM drive from config.sys
You can download them from the manufacturers site. The usage instructions will be provided by them.
Also you need to run mscdex from autoexec.bat. To help you further, post the relevant lines of autoexec.bat and config.sys here. Or post the complete contents of the files here.
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Thank You very much for your prompt attention to my question, I was at work and not at my home system when I ask the question. When I did get home I found that I had used the Start Up disk to my PB Win95 OS which did not work. I found an old copy of DOS6.21 that I loaded on my new system and then was able to load the CD Drivers. I then tried to load the PB Win95 OS and it deleted the D: Drive, (Iguess I can't use that PROPRIETARY PB Win95 OS). I reloaded the CD Drivers and it works fine.
 Thanks again for your quick response, your answer lead me in the right direction to get my system running.
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