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CD-ROM Driver for a startup disk in Win98
alaskanboy May-24-00 06:45 AM
I have a Torisan CDR-S1G cd-rom on a SB16 sound card. I can't get the driver to be recognized using the start-up disk. I don't know how to properly configure it. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

1. RE: CD-ROM Driver for a startup disk in Win98
lbyard May-24-00 02:58 PM
In response to message 0
LAST EDITED ON May-24-00 AT 04:01 PM (GMT)

Torisan CD-ROM drives are made by Sanyo. This one is a 4X IDE.
I’ll assume here that you made the Startup floppy in Windows 98 by Start>Settings>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs>Startup disk>Create Disk
Procedures for other Startup floppies should be (roughly) similar.
Find another computer.
Boot to Windows and use the Windows Explorer to make a directory (folder) on the hard disk and call it tsy
Copy the contents of the Torisan floppy to the tsy folder
(The drivers can be downloaded from: http://www.torisan.co.jp/cd_rom.htm)
Insert your Startup floppy and use the Windows Explorer to make a directory A:\TSY
Copy all the files in C:\tsy to A:\tsy
Delete the tsy folder on the hard disk
Use the Notepad to edit the config.sys on the Startup floppy
Remark out all CD drivers between <CD> and <NOCD> (< and > are square brackets which the forum software doesn't display) by putting rem followed by a space in front of each line (himem.sys is not a CD-ROM driver; the rest on this particular floppy are); e.g.:
rem device=oakcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
If you are not sure what is a CD-ROM driver, leave the line alone; floppy will probably work anyway.
The rem tells the operating system to ignore the line as it is a comment.
Add the following line immediately under (or most anywhere after himem.sys, if himem.sys is on the floppy)
(the funny face between the P and PS is supposed to be a colon : with no spaces. Omit everything after mscd001 if that isn't clear)
Save and exit notepad
Edit the autoexec.bat file on the Startup floppy
Verify that a line similar to the following exists:
LH %ramd%:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:mscd001 /L:%CDROM%
(you may not see the %’s and the stuff between them on other Startup floppies.)
The important thing is that the driver name, mscd001, is identical in both files
Verify that mscdex.exe is present on the floppy at A:\mscdex.exe
If not, it can be copied from the hard disk. It is located in C:\windows\command\
Return to your computer and try the floppy.

I am assuming that the hardware is configured correctly and that the Soundblaster CD interface is enabled. That is done with the sb diag program or a program with a similar name and some fidgeting. There may be a jumper on the board as well.

If you are having problems with the sb16 CD interface and your motherboard has a secondary IDE interface, enable the motherboard’s secondary IDE interface in the CMOS Setup, but leave the Slave and Master drives set as Auto or no drive present, and plug the CD cable into the secondary IDE.

If this doesn’t work, take detailed notes and come back, OK? In any event, I would like to know if this worked for you so I can be more confident that it will work for others with your CD-ROM drive. It should work. More info see How to Install a CD-ROM Drive at http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/cdrom/index.html. Larry

3. RE: CD-ROM Driver for a startup disk in Win98
alaskanboy May-25-00 05:47 AM
In response to message 1
I followed what you sent. The only change I had to make was instead of using "/D:mscd001" I used "/D:tsycd001" for a drive name. The drive loads as E:/. The problem that I am having now is that I cannot access anything in Drive E:/. When I try, I get a message saying "CDR100 not ready to access" Can you help me out with this. Thanks for your help. Joe.

5. RE: CD-ROM Driver for a startup disk in Win98
lbyard May-25-00 02:03 PM
In response to message 3
Joe, It makes no difference as long as the driver name is the same in both the config.sys and autoexec.bat lines. Drive E:? What drives do you have in the computer and how are they connected. Is the hard disk partitioned (drive C: and D:)?

When you see "CDR100 not ready to access,” click Retry a couple of times. The CD-ROM may not have had enough time to spin-up. Try another CD. If you are accessing the CD-ROM from Windows, go to the Control Panel, System, Device manager, Delete the CD-ROM drive driver, reboot, and see if Windows has detected it and reinstalled the driver. If not, go to Add New hardware and see if Windows will detect it. The CD-ROM drive may be defective or the laser lens maybe dirty. You can buy a cleaning kit at a Radio Shack, etc., but I have found that most of the time cleaning does not fix the problem. Given the speed of the CD-ROM drive and its likely age and use, the most probable cause of the problem in my experience is that it has died of old age. Larry

6. RE: CD-ROM Driver for a startup disk in Win98
alaskanboy May-30-00 00:59 AM
In response to message 5
Larry, I got the driver to load now as drive d:\. I still get the message that drive d:\ cannot be read. I have pushed retry a lot, I've changed cd's. I know the cd works because when I go into windows I have no problem with it. I just can't get it to work with my startup disk. I want to be able to use my cd-rom drive in case my system crashes. Hope your Memorial weekend went well and thanks again for your help. Joe.

7. RE: CD-ROM Driver for a startup disk in Win98
lbyard May-30-00 03:25 PM
In response to message 6
Do you have tsycd001 as the driver name in both the config.sys and autoexec.bat files on the Startup floppy? Larry

8. RE: CD-ROM Driver for a startup disk in Win98
chrisOhio Sep-05-00 01:45 AM
In response to message 7
How big is your hard drive, and how many partitions do you have in that drive? I have a "never fails" start up disk which automaticly assigns a drive letter for your CD. I can send it to you if you'd like. It should do the trick. I was lost until I got this disk.


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