What generic driver can I use to replace oakcdrom.sys?

I have a CD Boot disk that I have created with DOS utilities on it.  I have been using an oakcdrom.sys driver for years now and it has worked fine on all CD/DVD drives.  

Not any more...

Oakcdrom.sys is unable to detect the Optiarc DVD RW in the HP Pavilion Slimline I just purchased.

I need a newer generic driver (about the same size ~ 42k) that I can load from config.sys under W98 DOS on my boot CD

With Regards-
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Is the DVD-RW a SATA drive?  Some new drives are... that may be the problem.  The oak driver may be a problem because it may not know how to deal with SATA drives.

I'm curious though... why are you using a 98 boot CD?  I haven't used a DOS boot anything in probably 5 years... the only time I have to worry is when I boot to update a BIOS - but that's not difficult since I never have to put the BIOS update on a separate CD.

Perhaps its time to change your toolset...?
SAbboushiAuthor Commented:
>> Is the DVD-RW a SATA drive?  Some new drives are... that may be the problem.  
Don't know - but that means I would need a generic driver that would also work on SATA drives

>> I'm curious though... why are you using a 98 boot CD?
I use W98 DOS to setup dual boot with Vista (or XP).  I also run Ghost 2003 under DOS primarily for OS imaging and restoring  (I believe the new versions require installation under Windows).  I also do my  partitioning and formatting under DOS.

If I need windows utilities, then I use UBCD - but it takes forever to load... whereas booting off my 740MB DOS partition takes mere seconds and I have access to the utilities I mostly use.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Consider that SATA is NEW.  DOS is OLD and hasn't been sold by Microsoft in nearly 14 years.  There may well be a driver that supports it... but finding it is another question.  Check your BIOS for a "compatibility mode" for the hard drives - perhaps a compatibility mode will allow it to work.

As for Ghost - I don't use it.  Use Acronis True Image.  Yes, the initial install is in Windows, but then you can create a bootable CD from it... (Though I suspect newer versions of ghost do the same).
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SAbboushiAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the thoughts Lee - Not ready to make the switch to Acronis.

And hoping someone knows about a driver that might work!

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SAbboushiAuthor Commented:
Thanks - I will need to try this (need to see how much memory it uses).  However, I see that it ONLY support SATA and I need a config.sys / autoexec.bat that will support both SATA & PATA.  Any thoughts?
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