Running win98. When I attempt to install a program fromt the CdRom Drive it will start and then it
suddenly asks me to please insert a disk in drive D. I have tried three different cdroms that I know are
good without success.
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
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agundrumConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try copying the entire contents of the CD to a temporary location on your hard drive, and installing from there.  I have found that install works better on corrupted or dirty disks this way.  I have a Office XP disk that works this way.  Copying it to the HDD works every time.

When you say 'three different cdroms', do you mean the drives or the mediums?
If it's mediums, then it might be the drive or the IDE cable...

Listen to the drive... does it slow down noticeably before it tells you to insert a disk?

Sounds like a loose connection (ide cable) or dirty lens. might be a failing drive too. Does it ask for a specific cd or just any?
try a standard cleaning-cd with alcohol (just an audio-cleaning cd will do). Also, check the connection of the ide-cable or try a different cable. Most of the time I come across similar problems it's a dying old is it (still under warranty?)

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Irv9Author Commented:
I'm sorry, I meant drives not medium.
1. Check jumper(master/slave/csl)
2. Check IDE cable(pin1 to pin1 of drive)(slave-middle connector,master-end connector)
3. Check IDE controller(enabled in BIOS, detected correctly by BIOS and in device manager)
Report what you find...T
I have to agree with agundrum, installing programs from HD will definitely work everytime. This definitely sounds like a driver problem, though. Regardless of the drive, your program starts up, but then requires you to insert a disc in drive D:.

If this is a copy of the program (i.e., a pirate copy of the disc), it is possible that the disc has protection embedded inside. Sometimes, cd manufacturers will include a file that runs from the autorun.ini file, and checks for the size of the disc (because they'll trick your drive into thinking it's got a certain size of files inside) or will just check for a boot sector, or any kind of particular info they want it to. If the cd isn't recognized as an original, it'll ask you for just that.

You might wanna read up on cd formats, copy protections and cd burning at There's a wealth of info inthere, but you'll definitely find what you're looking for.

Let us know,
Sounds Like a classic bad cd rom drive to me.
Sorry I forgot to write Try a different drive make sure the jumper is set the same as the one your taking out.
I didnt see that you meant drives. I thought you meant Media.
Irv9Author Commented:
Thanks to all who took the time to offer solutions.
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