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Compaq Armada 4130t

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I've got a Compaq Armada 4130t with an External CD-ROM drive which connected through a PCMCIA . The hardrive has been formatted and I can't get anything from the CD-ROM drive and the laptop won't detect it.

The drive connects to a PCMCIA and has a switch on the back of it for DC or for PC. I assume this is for the power as it's right next to the adapter slot, and I wasn't provided with one so I have the switch on PC. I know the drive works as it was used a few weeks ago and I also saw it working. Also tried both PCMCIA slots with no joys?

So whos got the answer :)
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Question by:Pigster2003
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v1perfan earned 400 total points
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Hi Pigster2003,

My guess is that you can't access the PCMCIA slots through DOS.  DOS treats this as an unknown device (if it will even detect it!).

However, if you can, you'll need to find a PCMCIA driver for DOS for either the laptop or the CD-Rom drive.  Who is the CD-Rom maufacturer, and what is the model number?

Brian.  
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by:Pigster2003
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It doesn't have a particular brand, it looks an older model though.

Model No : PSCD-740

The driver disk that I was given also doesn't look like the original one that it came with (although I could be wrong)

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by:v1perfan
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Hi!

Ok, according to the sites I have seen with this model number, this is an IO Magic MagicSpin 56x CDRom.

Here is a link to all of the known drivers for it:

http://www.cdrom-drivers.com/companies/512.htm

The next thing you should do (if you don't have a bootdisk) is to visit BOOTDISK.COM and download a Windows 98 boot disk.  Decompress the bootdisk image to a floppy, and then run the install on the DOS install for this driver.

Once you can access the CDRom drive, the easiest way to install Windows is to copy over the files for the installation (all the files in \WIN98 if you are installing Windows 98) to a directory on your C: drive (\CABS or something).  Then, instead of running the files from the CD, you can run them directly from the hard drive.  This will save you the trouble down the road of searching for the CD whenever you install new hardware, or make any changes to the O/S.

BTW: Don't forget to download your drivers for Windows for the CDRom!

Brian.
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by:Pigster2003
ID: 9633916
Were almost there, I think that those drivers you gave are going to come in useful. Only problem is i've installed the drivers from cdrom-drivers.com but it's still saying there are no cd rom drivers found when booting from the windows 98 boot disk which I already had from bootdisk.com.
However it's making some beeping noise occasionlly when booting up since i installed the drivers which I think is a good thing. Any ideas where i Can get the drivers for windows for the cdrom?
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by:v1perfan
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Strange...

What you might need to do is transfer the drivers from the CD-Rom to the Boot Disk.

Try this:

1) Copy the IOMCDROM.SYS file from the archived file (the one you downloaded) to the boot disk.
2) Rename the autoexec.bat file to autoexec.old and config.sys to config.old (we will create new ones).
3) At the command prompt, type in COPY CON CONFIG.SYS and press enter.  It will appear to do nothing, but in fact, it is waiting for input.  Type in these lines:
DEVICE=A:\HIMEM.SYS
DEVICE=A:\IOMCDROM.SYS /D:MSCD0000

Once done, press CTRL-Z and enter.  This will create the config.sys file with that entry.  Now type COPY CON AUTOEXEC.BAT and press enter.  Type in these lines:
A:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD0000 /M:12
A:\SMARTDRV.EXE

Again, when complete, press CTRL-Z and enter.  It will now make a copy of autoexec.bat.

Now try booting up with the boot disk.  It should load the device driver for the cdrom (IOCDROM.SYS) and then make it available for use (Using the MSCDEX executable).

I'm guessing the install program installed the files to the Hard Drive, but since the hard drive is not booting, it didn't know how to properly configure the files.  This should fix the problem.

Brian.
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by:Pigster2003
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I did that, it scans the master and primary hard drive but then says cd-rom driver not ready, abort or retry.
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