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How to get cd-rom to work in DOS???

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I have a am486dx4 120mhz with 24 megs ram.  No sound card.  Creative 8X cd-rom. It has a 1.2 gig hard-drive. I have just installed MS_DOS 6.22 on the machine and it works fine.  I have tried numerous drivers and programs that try and configure dos to recognize the cdrom, none work correctly.  I have a copy of mscdex.exe residing on c:\mscdex.exe.  Nothing I do seems to work.  Any suggestions will be a life saver.  No windows95/98/nt will be put on this machine, just DOS.  Thank you for your suggestions.
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by:jesse_stewart
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Exact ways to configure autoexec.bat and config.sys to work will be necessary, I am fairly unfamiliar with DOS.
Thanks again
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Here is a copy of my CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC on a box that boots to DOS with CD ROM drive active:

shell=C:\COMMAND.COM C:\ /e:1024 /p
device=C:\WINDOWS\himem.sys
device=C:\WINDOWS\emm386.exe noems x=c000-cfff
dos=high,umb
buffers=40,0
files=80
devicehigh=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\ansi.sys
DEVICEHIGH=C:\MTM\MTMCDAI.SYS /D:MTMIDE01

The last line of the CONFIG.SYS is where the device specific driver gets loaded for my CD-ROM.
Now for the AUTOEXEC.BAT...

@echo off
cls
break on
verify on
prompt Mark's 95 System ($p) ?
SET PATH=C:\DOS;C:\WINDOWS
lh mouse
LH MSCDEX.EXE /D:MTMIDE01 /D:CDROM1

The device name in the AUTOEXEC.BAT has to match that in the CONFIG.SYS so the MTMIDE01 is the same in both.



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by:jesse_stewart
ID: 1130904
mark2150

thanks for your answer it was right,
the real problem was that the cdrom's jumper
was set to master and I needed it to be set to
slave.  I tried your solution and it did not work the
first time.  I then switched the jumper and it worked
perfect.  Thank you very much for your quick response.
Jesse
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by:mark2150
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Always glad to help.

Thanx for the points!

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