Installed a MS Access based program, the new program screwed up some basic workings of Windows 98 so that I had to reboot in Safe Mode. After the Safe Mode reboot I lost access to my CD Rom. "No problem", I thought, "Been here before", I'll delete the CD Rom from the Device Manager, from Autoexec. Bat and Config. Sys and reinstall the CD software. Multiple attempts to reinstall the CD Rom no success. I get, "Device driver not found "CD001" and "no valid CDROM device drivers selected".
I'd like a solution that does not require the drastic Format Disk suggestion. I have backed up the registry and other important hard disk info but that is on Zip Drive which I may lose if problems escalate. I have a Microsoft Boot Disk and CD rom Installation disk on floppy. Also an old startup disk created months ago. I have opened the case and reseated all connectors and air sprayed the dust bunnies. At this time the CD light is flashing but I cannot eject the guilty CD out.
Pentium II 400MHz with 8 gb hard drive (C:), 128 RAM, CD is 42x (E:), ZIP 100mb (D:), bought in 1999. Access to internet only from this computer.
Last time this happened Emery800 and Ampcats helped me.