troubleshooting Question

installing drivers in win98 -> "please insert win98 cd" -- did THIS ruin my optical drive setup?

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In general, I notice that when I install a device in WIndows 98 SE, the installer wizard asks me to insert a windows 98 cd. I do this, and it ususally doesn't seem to access a goddam thing, but I can't be sure. I just assume it's either necessary or else a rotten bug with win98.

Never cared about it, except for following:

I've been using a old win98 pc to test various old devices (NICs, dialup modems) pulled from PCs with dead hard drives. DRiver installers often ask me for the win98 cd.

(1) Why is this necessary -- when Win98 ALREADY couldn't find the driver, so I have ALREADY gone to great lengths to find & install the correct driver myself, since it's obviously not part of win98 -- in those cases, it's almost like a bad joke of somekind for win98 to ask me for it's cd... Like it's trying to claim credit for the driver I found? (WTF/LOL!)

(2) As indicated in another post -- all my optical drives stopped working being visible to windows98, after working for a long time.  DOS can see them.  Then dont' show up in device manager at all.  ==> is it possible this was caused by the ridiculous accessing of the win98 disc, somehow?

thx  (been up 36 hours fixing nothing)
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