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no cd rom in windows, conflicts on hard drive controllers

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The book Windows 95 secrets offered a detailed procedure for transferring the operating system (win95 or win98) from an original hard drive to a new hard drive without using any utilities.  It involved some dos commands such as xcopy and then right clicking and then  dragging  and dropping files to the new hard drive.  

After the machine boots to the new hard drive, there is no cd rom seen in My Computer.  There is also a conflict on the primary hard drive controller and a conflict on the secondary hard drive controller in Device Manager.

Several years ago when I was doing Win95 help desk work, we saw these same symptoms once in a while although it was not a result of the user doing this hard drive upgrade.  The fix involved searching the registry for the label "nocdrom" and then deleting if it existed.  It then required the use of fdisk /mbr.  

I have not been able to use this fix for that problem because I cannot remember the exact procedure.  I also don't know if these similar symptoms are related to the same problem.  

Do you know how to fix the issue of no cd rom in My Computer along with conflicts on the hard drive controllers, especially after performing a procedure like the one I mentioned.  Thank you.  Jack Baker
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by:Stealth_x
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Reebot the PC in Safe Mode.
Goto My PC and click with the right button, then click in the "properties" option.
Once at "system properties" then goto "device manager" and remove all devices, remember, all devices.
Be sure that u have the Win98 // Win95 Installer near. (Best if it resides on the same hard disk, if u not have a cd-rom on these machine).
Restart the PC in normal mode, then Windows re-detect all hardware on your PC and configure it automatically, You may be recquires the installer for copy some drivers.
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The CD Rom problem is caused by incorrect or incorrectly intalled Hard drive controllers not the CD.  When the hard Drive controllers are installed correctly the CD will show up.  Although you could get the CD to show up using the Dos drivers that came with the CD a better solution is to reinstall the Hard drive controllers.  If Stealths idea above doesn't work then install the controller drivers that came with the system.  If you don't know where the disk is Try looking them up on the internet.  The most common drivers that older versions of windows wont pick up are for VIA chipsets.  If your motherboard has a VIA chipset got to www.viatech.com and download their 4 in one drivers. once installed the CD will be detected and the Hard drives will work in 32 bit mode
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by:bertchen
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Try this, go to the Regedit, search for NOIDE, either set the value back to 0 or remove it. Furher more, if you have (!) sign on the primary and secondary child IDE controler under System Device, search for these keys and remove it.

Let me know if it works.
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by:bertchen
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If still cannot, change the mode of your IDE in the BIOS (even your BIOS can detect ur CDROM).
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by:bertchen
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r u still working on it ?? please keep us updated on the outcome.
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