CD ROMS not detected, IDEBus has errors.
I have 2 CD-ROMS that were perfectly working with my Win98 OS. Both Panasonic; 32x Cd-ROM and a CD-recorder. Out of the BLUE, Win98 doesn't detect that I have them. This is rather odd because 3-4 hours beforehand it was working, and I haven't rebooted the computer. I am very literate with computers and I have never seen anything like this. As usual, I would go to Device manager. There I find that the IDE BUS MASTER Controller has 2 sub-drivers; Primary and Secondary IDE controller that are both highlighted with (!)exclamation. I figured I must have a BAD IDE driver and replace with a new one. I went into Safe mode and removed the driver, just as I expected, on the reboot it detected New hardware. Unfortunately, all the Abit BH6 Motherboard IDE drivers are on CD(stupid huh?). so I downloaded the drivers from Abit website and decided to Run them. I then found out that Abit hasn't updated any of their drivers and are still for Win95(won't work for Win98). So I'm stuck with No CD-ROMs for a while. I thought of reinstalling Win98 so all the devices work, but that may cause more problems with the applications and Drivers.
What should I do?!?
More Info, Right now I get a MS-DOS mode compatibility since Im using the DOS based drivers. When I remove them, the CD-ROMS are gone. The Primary and Secondary still have the errors on it (!). I think this one is one of those "MUST REINSTALL OS" situations.
[This message has been edited by Dex (edited 02-06-99).]
You may find that the drivers you need are already on your system - did you try choosing a new driver in the Device Manager and browsing to C:\Windows\System?
All of your drives may be in in DOS compatability mode. Go to http://www.fic.com.tw/techsupport/faq/faqswindows95.htm. At that site one of the answers to a FAQ will explain on how to remove NOIDE from Windows registry. In some some cases it may not be the answer, but it removed the exclamations off my primary and secondary controllers and got my drives working again. Also Windows was able to recognize my cdrom again.
Hope that helps you.
[This message has been edited by Pete1 (edited 02-07-99).]
You said that your computer was running continously without any reboot and beforehand the CD-ROM was working find. Did you install anything during this time?
Try the procedure from the FIC.
Do you still have your driver disk for your CD-ROM?
Check if your config.sys is loading any CD-ROM driver. If yes, and during the boot up process, the driver loaded correctly, then in your Autoexec.bat add a line like this:
<driver> shouldd match the one in your CD-ROM line in the config.sys.
This will load CD-ROM in the DOS compatibility mode. You can access your BH6 CD-ROM and try to load what ever you need.
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