View Full Version : How to get CD Rom support for laptop with removeable drive?

Scotty D
20-04-2003, 04:00 PM
I have to start up with floppy, but it can't load CD rom support because not found,
CD ROM goes into the same modular(removeable bay) the floppy drive is in?

Is there a special lappy start up disk, or can I load mscdex to C: or something similar(I have tried that)?

Any ideas? Boot from CD rom doesn't work.


20-04-2003, 05:06 PM
Insert the floppy drive.

Insert a DOS startup disk and boot from it (it's relevant whether it's FAT 32 or 16 since the installed OS is dependent upon it and partition size(s) (and thus formatting) is/are relevant to drive size.

Partition (using fdisk) and format the hard drive transferring the system file across (format c:/s)
Obtain MSCDEX.EXE and place it on a floppy disk. Copy MSCDEX.EXE to the hard drive also (copy a:\mscdex.exe c:\*.*). A copy is here (http://www.computerhope.com/download/hardware.htm)

Remove the floppy and restart ensuring the computer starts from the hard drive.
(It may be necessary to manually create autoexec.bat and config.sys)

Obtain DOS CD drivers for the CD drive and install following manufacturers instructions.
(If in doubt use the Oakcdrom generic drivers here (http://www.computerhope.com/download/hardware.htm))

Switch off, remove the floppy drive and insert the cd drive.

Restart and ensure the cd drive is detected and the drivers loaded.

Refer here (http://www.computerhope.com/download/hardware.htm) in case of problems with installing the DOS CD drivers

Scotty D
20-04-2003, 09:01 PM
Some bits were easy; edit.com the config and autoexec was the tough bits (never done before from scratch, especially in DOS), but the site you directed me to, was excellent.

Another problem fixed.

Cheers Merlin.

20-04-2003, 11:57 PM
use a win98 startup disk should work. it does on mne :D

20-04-2003, 11:59 PM
i've had numerous laptops b4. to date no personal own desktop ever. some older laptop does not boot from cd. use the boot disk and access the cd drive. if u gonna install like win2k or some other OS u may need to create some bootable disks to access the setup programme.

my last laptop - no booting support. this current one - yes.

21-04-2003, 12:32 AM
rayonline? perhaps richard cranium is more appropriate

If brains were drains you obviously have small ones

CD ROM goes into the same modular(removeable bay) the floppy drive is in

21-04-2003, 02:13 AM
:^O :^O :^O :^O :^O

21-04-2003, 10:46 AM
normally if not floppy/cd on the system together. one can be external and one internal. that works on my laptops :D

if u ur cd drive does boot. then make a win98 bootable CD so u can give up the floppy altogether much much better. :O

Merline perhaps u can be my psychiatrist. obviously u'll be good at it as u have grouped me as one :^O