CD Drive Problem

Several days back I noticed that I could not access my CD.  When the computer boots up, "setup" sees the drive and Windows95 appears to load the drivers.  However, the drive is not assigned a drive "letter", therefore it cannot be used.  This morning I replaced the drive twice with drives that I know work but I get the same results.  Any ideas where to go next?
oldslowpokeAsked:
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1cellCommented:
restart to dos mode and type:

fdisk /mbr and hit enter     this will return you to the prompt
repeat a few times.
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oldslowpokeAuthor Commented:
I do not understand this answer at all!  How will formating my hard drive fix the problem with my CD?  If this is not what
fdisk /mbr does please enlighten me.  I have seen people destroy all of their hard drive information by running fdisk.
Please advise 1cell.
thanks
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1cellCommented:
fdisk /mbr simply repairs the boot sector of the hard drive.  it does not delete anything
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1cellCommented:
I'm sorry, I should have said the master boot record on the hard drive, ( hence the MBR )
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rjthorntonCommented:
Are the cdrom drivers loading in the config.sys, if they are then go into the autoexec.bat and remove the "rem" for the line that says "mscdex" this forces a dos level assignment of a drive. The same letter should appear in windows.
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oldslowpokeAuthor Commented:
Great solution rjthornton, after removing the 'rem' the drive is now assigned as drive "G". (I have three hard drives and one is partitioned into two drives.)  The messages displayed on boot up are not the same as before the problem but at least the CD drive is now assigned a letter and it works.  I am curious as to why Windows95 stopped giving the CD a drive letter!  The problem came about when I was adding that third hard drive.
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rjthorntonCommented:
Usually windows doesnt have a problem with this, however if the drive letter somehow got reserved in the system manger and you install another HD, the reserved drive would no longer be available thus no drive would be created.
Glad I was able to help
Rob
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