External CD-RW Recognition

I have a problem at the moment with my internal CD rom so I can't use it. If I was to wipe my HD and wanted to re-install Windows from CD, how can I get the laptop that I am using to recognise the CD-RW Drive so I can instal it from that??? It's an m820e HP and is connected via a scsi pcmcia card.
JGWYAsked:
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fracheConnect With a Mentor Commented:
When you reinstall OS like Win95 or Win98, you have a boot disk.
You must modify this boot disk.
A)You must add DOS drivers for PCMIA interface, for your scsi card and aspi layer to drive CDROM.
B) Modify config.sys to load drivers.
C) Modify autoexec.bat to execute mscdex.exe ( a part of CDROM driver).


example of lines to add in your config.sys :
device=a:\scsi\driver.sys
device=a:\scsi\aspi4dos.sys
device=a:\scsi\aspicd.sys .......

example of line to add in your autoexec.bat :

mscdex /d:aspicd.sys /L:D (where D = drive letter assign to CDROM )

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JGWYAuthor Commented:
I'm getting a message saying that there is a problem with either the card not in correctly or that Card Services Program isn't installed?????
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fracheCommented:
You need a driver for your PCMCIA interface.
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