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My friend has a laptop that uses an external pcmcia card CD Rom. He doesn't have any recovery disk. The problem is that after I formatted the hard disk, and start  the computer with startup disk, it can not find its CD Rom, but in Windows enviroment, the CD rom can be detected without any problem. Now, every time when I select install Windows with CD rom support, I will get error message saying that the computer can't find a CD rom. Does anyone know how to solve this problem. Please help me!!!
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You need the CDROM drivers specific to thos PCMCIA card.

I would go to the web site of the manufacturer and download all the drivers. This should include DOS drivers for a boot floppy.

I hope this helps !
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I can't find the manufacturer's web site. Is there any standard DOS driver for PCMCIA card I can download? Or is it possible to use Zip instead of CD rom (I mean copy the Windows98 to a Zip disk, and then connect to the computer).
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There are no real standards.
It is totally dependent on the chipset in the computer.

If all you need to do is reinstall windows then here are a couple of ways.

1) Use a ZIP drive - Make Sure you have DOS drivers first and that you can see the drive from a Dos prompt. Check the IOMEGA site if needed.

2) Use a parallel port laplink type cable to transfer the \win98 directory from the CD ( on another machine ) to the laptop using a DOS program.

see

http://sac-ftp.gratex.sk/utildisk19.html   Search for    laplink file transfer over parallel cable

http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stories/info/0,10615,39005,00.html DOS laplink parallel

allows up to 25 transfer - shareware

http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stories/info/0,,66386,.html   Zip serial file transfer
http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=parallel+port+file+transfer+&tg=dl-2001

3) Remove the hard drive from the laptop and use a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter to put the drive in a desktop and copy the \win98 dir onto the hard drive.

I hope this helps !


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