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Need a bit of help here... don't know exactly what im doing, but i picked up an old pc, just to mess around with, finally got everything working but the cd drive... it just doesnt pick up, im using an old isa scsi card, adaptec AHA-1540cf or something along those lines, needing the cd drive to install everything, major pain without it, everything else is ide, basically i use the windows 98 boot disk, it doesnt come up with anything, tried downloading some drivers from the web and trying those, and a couple of boot disks, still nothing, any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
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ant01ne earned 225 total points
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Hi,

I had this problem once and the only way i figured out was to switch the scsi drive with an ide drive then install everything then come back to the scsi drive and install it.

An other way is to see if you can access the scsi card bios and from there, you try to boot on the cd drive to install windows...

The first solution works for sure if you have a ide cd drive, know how to switch it with the scsi drive, and have time...

Oh i forgot to ask you, does your windows 98 boot disk run??? I mean do you boot on the disk??? Just in case... :)
If no then go to the BIOS and change the boot...

Hope it helps you...
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by:GhettoBlaster
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yeah, the bootdisk runs, it works will everything ive tried it with but this... thanks for the options i knew i could switch it but im being lazy lol, trying the other way now...
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by:GhettoBlaster
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hmm, enabled the cd boot, but its still not working... unless theres some other means of booting onto the cd that i didnt see... and i really dont want to have to install windows in this box cause i want to get the hardware settings right, it was giving me major problems before i formatted it...
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by:GhettoBlaster
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mmm nevermind, had to tweak some things in the bios, thanks though for just telling me to set that, it totally slipped my mind.
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by:ant01ne
ID: 8101694
no pb...
Maybe the drive just does not work... =)
Sorry and good luck...
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