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Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2001 - 4:13 pm:   

I just bought an old Olivetti 486 computer for my kids. Everything worked fine including scsi cdrom. I formatted the HDD to replace old OS with Windows 95 but now setup disc cant find cdrom.....I guess because it is not atapi type but scsi type. Can I get a driver or other prog that will enable me to get the CDROM going so I can install W95.
Thanks for help.
Posted on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 4:07 pm:   

There are several possibilities here. The easiest thing to try is a Win98 setup disk. It will automatically load a number of ATAPI and ASPI (SCSI) drivers until one works. It has a very good success rate. There is also a freeware program out there called CD-God that will load just about every conceivable driver under the sun until somthing sticks. What neither option will do under any circumstances is load drivers for an IDE port that is located on a sound card. Many of the early PC's that came with cd-roms didn't even have an onboard controller, they came with a single channel IDE card that would only support two hard drives. So many manufacturers added an IDE port to their sound card so that you could attach a cd-rom. But this means that you need the dos drivers for the sound card, and they can be tough to come by, especially if the sound card's manufacturer went belly up. Fortuantely, there is usually a driver provided by the manufacturer of the sound "chipset" that will allow you to load support for the IDE port via a floppy drive. Take a look at the markings on the chip(s) and see if you can identify it. ESS, Yamaha, Creative, and Opti are a few of the more common ones that would be likely to have come with an IDE port.

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