WAYS TO MAKE A WINDOWS 98 STARTUP
ADDING A SPECIFIC CD-ROM DRIVER.
The disk will be made; but, if you stop
here, it might not work! If you look at the config.sys file on
the Startup Floppy, made with the CREATE DISK METHOD, with the Windows
Note Pad, Notespad,
or DOS editor, it looks like this:
Under [CD], the config.sys file loads
a bunch of CD-ROM drivers when the floppy boots-up. It is an attempt,
a feeble one, to match a CD-ROM driver to all possible CD-ROMs which
may be installed in a computer. You can bet that there isn't one
which matches the CD-ROM in your computer. So, if your hard disk
crunches, your Emergency Recovery floppy (Startup Disk) may not be able
to access your CD-ROM.
Note Pad, DOS Editor, etc., look at the c:\config.sys file on your computer
for the real mode CD-ROM driver. It should look something like this:
The /D:MYCD001 part of the line renames
the driver when it is loaded into memory. There are wide variations
of the name of the driver, the name of the directory in which it may
installed by the CD-ROM installation software, and the name, in this
case MYCD001, used in the command argument. For example,
a the Mitsumi CD-ROM drivers are installed in c:\mtm, the driver is MTMCDAI.SYS,
the driver is renamed MTMIDE01, and the config.sys line looks like this:
If you have a problem identifying the
line, you should see a line like this in your c:\autoexec.bat file:
REM - By Windows Setup - MSCDEX.EXE
The /D:MYCD001 parameter is the same
in corresponding both files and can be used to identify the driver.. You
may have to look further into the c:\config.dos and c:\autoexec.dos files
to find the driver.
The Windows 95/98 setup usually remarks-out
this line. If you want to use your CD-ROM at the DOS prompt you
may have to edit the line and remove:
REM - By Windows Setup -
I am assuming that you have an ATAPI/IDE
CD-ROM. You may have more to do if you have a SCSI drive
or an old, non-IDE CD-ROM which works of your sound card...
Note Pad, etc. copy the line in the C:\config.sys containing the CD-ROM driver
and paste it into the config.sys file on the floppy drive like so:
the directory on your C: drive where the driver is located:
the CD-ROM driver line so it looks for the driver in the root directory of
the floppy drive instead of in the directory where it is installed on the
hard disk and the second part of the line matches the driver in the Startup
Disk autoexec.bat file as follows:
Substitute the actual driver name for cdromdrv.sys,
above; e.g., for the Mitsumi CD-ROM, the line would look like this:
the driver from C: to the floppy.
For example, for the Mitsumi CD-ROM, copy
the MTMCDAI.SYS from c:\mtm to a:\
One could add additional CD-ROM lines,
floppy disk capacity permitting, so the floppy could be used on PC with
other CD-ROM drives. Or, one could delete all CD-ROM lines except
the one needed for a Specific PC. The later is probably a better
approach since it is possible to load the wrong driver for a specific
CD-ROM and it may not work as well as the one designed for the CD-ROM
drive. Finally, I usually leave the cdrom line in the config.sys
file with a generic name, copy various CD-ROM drivers to the floppy and
then copy the driver I want to use for a specific computer to the generic
name, thus, overwriting the previous instance of it. That
way, I know I have the correct driver for a specific CD-ROM loaded and
avoid possible compatibility problems, while maintaining a pool of drivers
on the floppy which can be used for various CD-ROM drives.
the floppy. You may have to change your CMOS Setup to tell your computer
to boot off the floppy instead of the hard disk.
if the CD-ROM works after booting from the floppy. Remember, the RAMdrive
is the first drive after the last hard disk drive if you used the CREATE
DISK or BOOTDISK METHODS and the CD-ROM is the next after that. The
other methods don't USE A ramDRIVE.
you can, check the floppy for viruses.
at the back of the floppy drive with the metal door down, move the read/write
tab at the top left of the floppy to the upper position to write-protect
the floppy so it can't catch a virus.
the floppy and put it in a safe place.
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