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CD-ROM Hot swap on Dell C610

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How can I hot swap the CD-ROM and Floppy drive on a Dell Latitude C610? If I simply remove the CD-ROM, Win98SE "hangs" for short intervals.
On Win2k, there is a "disconnect" icon in the systray, but I can't find it in win98se.
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Try putting the laptop in Suspend mode before you swap the drives.  Have you updated the BIOS?  See here:
http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/A08_C610.exe

Download that file then double-click it.  It will create a BIOS update diskette for BIOS A08.

You may also need to install Softex Bay Manager software:
(If you don't have the System Software CD, you can download it here:
http://ftp.us.dell.com/utility/R39818.EXE
)

How do I install the Softex BayManager Software from the Latitude System Software CD for Microsoft® Windows® 95 or 98 on my Dell™ Latitude™ CPxJ or CPtS portable computer?


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The Softex Bay Manager software allows you to swap media bay devices without shutting down and rebooting your computer.

NOTE: Install all other device drivers prior to installing Softex software.

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To install Softex Bay Manager, perform the following steps:

NOTE: If the computer is docked, undock it. For instructions, see your Advanced Port Replicator User's Guide.

Insert the Latitude System Software CD into the CD or DVD drive.
Click the Start button, click Run, and then type
x:\<operating system>\baymgr\setup, where <operating system> is the type of operating system you are using (win98 or win95) and x is the drive letter of the CD or DVD drive, in the Open box. Click OK.
Follow the instructions on your display.
After the files are copied to your hard-disk drive, click Finish to restart your computer.

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The SoftEx software I linked should fix this...

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Thanks, sorry for taking so long, but I NEVER got a notification that anyone has posted a comment to this question, only the last comment came through today....
Anyway, I only run Linux on the notebook now, so I don't need this function anymore, but I presume it will be helpfull in the PAQ's for other users...
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psimation:
E-E periodically has problems with email notifications, probably at the time I made my comments here was one of those occasions.  Thank you for resolving the question though, let us know if we can help with anything else.

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