"Normally" I have a floppy drive (A) a partitioned hard drive (C),(D) the CDROM (F) and an internal zip drive (G).
The CDROM was (E) until I installed Nero software; then I still had E: in Windows Explorer but F: was added - F: if I wanted to use it.
This had worked fine for months, maybe a year since I changed anything - the Nero software was the last thing changed - long time ago. Everything has worked fine.
Until this week when!
Windows Explorer suddenly cannot find my CDROM or internal zip drive.
The device manager tells me there is a conflict with my Hard Disk Controllers - !Primary Ultra ATA controller and the !Secondary Ultra ATA controller. If I try to remove them I have to remove the Intel Master Controller - the PC crashs on that idea!
But if I go through the update driver prompts it tells me the best is installed.
Device manager doesn't report anything wrong with the CDROM.
If I go into safe mode - the zip drive (Now called B:) is there along with my A: (floppy) - no cdrom
If I boot with a start up disk and select CDROM support I can find the CDROM. I have tried re-installing Second Edition 98 from here.
It appears to re-install ok until rebooting and attempting to run for the first time:
Now I have a message appear
Disk Boot Sector is to be modified Type "Y" to accept any key to abort. Award Software Inc.
Either option has another message (Blue) following
Invalid VxD dynamic link call from VWin32(01) + 00000714 to device "0009", service 1
Pressing any key reboots and Windows detects something is wrong so boots using the old system files and I am back to square one again.
Anyone got any ideas??