I would like to know how to make a floppy disk, from which I can boot up my system with the CD-ROM drive available.
My system consist out of Aopen AX59Pro, with AMD K6-2 350Mhz, 2 CD-ROM drives (one Creative, hooked up to my second IDE port, the other a Traxdata RW, running via a SCSI adapter). I want to be able to have the Creative drive available when I boot up from a floppy, but so far I have had no luck. Tried all sort of things with autoexec.bat & config.sys but no luck.
At boot up I get the message: Found CD-ROM CD620E, and later on: Boot from ATAPI CD-ROM: Failure.
Device driver not found: 'CD1'
No valid CDROM device drivers selected.
Can some one please help me out?
you need to find the device driver for the specific model of your cdrom. creative should have it on their support site. you'll need to copy that device driver (you might have to unzip it first) and a copy of mscdex.exe (from the c:\windows\command\ directory) to the floppy.
then you need a line in your config.sys file on the floppy that says something like:
device=a:\(name of driver) /d:cd1
then you'll need another line in your autoexec.bat file (also on your floppy) that says:
it sounds like you have the autoexec.bat line, but not the config.sys line.
you can use another name after the d switch (eg. cl1) as long as its the same in both the config.sys and autoexec.bat files.
I have a much easier solution. Microsoft produced a disk that boots your system. If you are interested, e-mail me at email@example.com and you can ftp it from me. Good luck!!
I forgot to mention that this is a generic ATAPI driver, it will not work for SCSI drives. I have used this disk many times, it has been a life saver, especially in reformatting and installing the os from cd. After installation, you can install the specific drivers for your CD drive.
If you have Win98 CD, you can make your own start up disk(floppy) by going to Control panel/Add remove Programs/Windows setup. On it are the DOS CD drivers that you will need. It gives you the option of starting your computer with or without CD rom when you boot from this disk.
It is also possible to boot from the Win 98 CD itself. Just set the boot devices in the bios so that it checks the cd drive before it checks the hard drive. I tried it yesterday, and it worked. Good luck, eh?
Thanks everyone, I have a working Boot disk now and am busy rebuilding my system. I am installing all my cards / peripherals one by one, and have managed to get as far as having my two hard drives working fine, plus my CD-ROM. Then I fit my SCSI card for my second CD-ROM (Traxdata CDRW2260 PRO), reboot and WIN95 detects and installs the SCSI interface. I then can install all relevant software for this drive and all is fine. Then when I close down all applications and shut down the PC and restart I get a "Windows Protection Error, Restart your PC" message, and after restarting end up in Safe mode...
Scandisk does not find any problems.
Does anybody have any ideas, in the mean time I might give Win98 a try.
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