How to get OS on Toshiba Portege 2000?
Posted on 2004-11-29
I recently bought a used Toshiba Portege 2000, which had:
1. No OS on the hard drive (the HD was wiped clean—but is formatted and working perfectly)
2. No CD-ROM drive
3. No floppy drive (but I’ve bought one, and it works fine)
Since I'd had a bit of experience with this model Portege before, it didn't worry me, but now I'm in a catch-22:
* I bought a TEAC CD-224PE CD_ROM drive, which comes with a driver diskette
* the driver SETUP.EXE (when I boot up with a WIN98 startup disk) calls for WIN SETUP.EXE, and says it can't find "WIN"; seems to want to start only from Windows, eh?
* I have a recovery disk that came with the computer (for XP), but since the CD-ROM drive is not recognized, this disk won't boot
I seem to be in a "from where you are, you can't get there".
I went to driverguide.com and downloaded a cd224pe driver (TeacCD-224EDriver.exe) that says it's for both Windows & DOS. It said to:
1. add device=TEAC_CDI.SYS /D:mscd001 to the config.sys.
2. add MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 to autoexec.bat
Since the only way I can boot this PC at the moment is with a Win98 startup disk, I tailored those two files as show, but still no luck: it seems to find the Teac driver, but still says it has no CD-ROM drive.
When I boot, I get:
TEAC CD-ROM Device Driver version 1.27q (IDE)
Copyright TEAC Corp 1994-1996
Device Name: MSCD001
[CD-ROM not found]
then later in the boot process:
Device Driver not found: ‘MSCD001’
No valid CD-ROM device driver selected
Usage: MSCDEX [/E/K/S/V] [/D:<driver>] [/L:<letter>] [/M:<buffers>]
I’m not sure what to do next. Obviously I need a functioning CD-ROM drive in order to do anything at all. It’d be nice to have a bootable CD-ROM drive.
Thanks for any help
The autoexec.bat line:
LH %ramd%:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:mscd001
The config.sys section:
(note: this config.sys came from the Win98 startup disk that came from a desktop PC from several years back)