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How to get Win 98 Install CD to recognise existence of external PCMCIA CD drive?

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I have an old Sharp Actius A280 sub-laptop with 64MB RAM. This originally ran NT but has been running XP Pro recently on NTFS file system
Understandably, it is very slow, although it does run.
I have tried twice and failed to buy a 64MB memory extension which might have solved that problem.
I have been thinking for some time to get it running Win 98 SE, which should be much less bulky as an OS and therefore quicker. It is a decent, stable OS from about the right hardware "era" and covers essentials like USB ports, which 98FE does not.
It also contains two logical drives on a 7.8GB disk - SysDrive and AppsDrive. AppsDrive has useful, but not irreplaceable data and some specific Sharp utilities.
I managed to shift the data off the AppsDrive and re-format AppsDrive as FAT32, then move the data back, then format the SysDrive as FAT32 using the XP installation CD.
Now, when I try to install Win 98 SE, I am prompted as to whether I want to boot from CD or Hard Disk. Select CD. Then asked whether to Set up 98 or start the computer with or without CD support. Select Set up. The set up then tries to load OEMCD001, cannot find it, cannot find a CD drive and aborts the installation with the message that it cannot find the Win 98 setup files.
Doing a similar process to install XP, everything works fine, but this is not what I want as it is too resource intensive an OS for this old laptop.
I take it the fact that the CD drive is an external one attached through a PCMCIA card rather than a standard internal CD drive is part of the problem. Also that XP is able to cope with such peculiarities, whereas Win 98 was not.
Any suggestions how I can get the Win 98 CD to run?

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