I have a Dell OptiPlex GXMT 5166 with a fried version of Win95 on it (user deleted most of it into the Recycle Bin while it was running; don't ask). However, when booting from boot floppy, the CD-ROM drive containing the Win98 2E CD (full deal, not upgrade version) is not found, just A: and C:. I went into the BIOS to change to "boot to CD" and that wasn't an option, just floppy and HD. I'm not sure if the CD drive was original or not, but I believe it was. BIOS is Phoenix Technologies ROM BIOS 1.10 A19.
1) Everything would be dandy if I can find some way to fire up the CD-ROM.
2) Or is this thing so old that I need to upgrade to a BIOS version that knows about CD drives? If so, can I do it (from the POST line info, looks like a ROM, not an EPROM), and basically how (never done one before).
I've got a decent amont of experience, just not in the BIOS area, so you won't need to go into beginner-level detail.