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Posted on Saturday, November 6, 1999 - 7:15 pm:   

Hello,I am haveing a problem loading my CD-Rom drivers and Win 95...I use to be abel to do it no problem but have
been useing linux for the last year and have forgotten some of the things I need to know and would like to load
windows on my new HD

The Problem is I loaded a new HD[maxtor 4.3 gig] and it is when I boot up with no Discs in I recieve

Invalid system Disc replace and hit any key

so I insert the Win boot disk and it boots to a certain point then I get

Following file is missing or corupt COMMAND.COM
Type the name of the Command line interpetor[eg.C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM

Then I insert the CD-Rom Driver Disc and type the setup command=CDSETUP.EXE

it goes into the setup program but tells me that C:\CD_ROM\SSCDROM\SYS already exist[probably from previous
attempt to install the Driver]..I have gone thru both overwrite the existing file and do not overwrite the existing file
and then recieve this

MSCDEX is installed reboot to load device driver and MSCDEX

The following file is missing or corrupt CDSETUP.EXE
type the command line interpetor

I reboot and get
The following file is missing or corrup COMMAND.COM

If anyone can tell me what I am doing wrong in the setup I would very much appreciate it

Thank you
Posted on Sunday, November 7, 1999 - 3:14 pm:   

What sort of CD rom do you have? What version of Windows 95 do you have? You can a bootdisk at which has generic IDE CD Rom drivers on it. Alternatively at there is a program called CDRom God which is a bootable floppy with 50 CDRom's on it and it allows you to test and use the driver that works for you.
When you say the drive is bootable, did you format with a bootdisk from your version of Win95 with the format c: /s /u command? Get the appropriate shouldn't need to load your CDsetup to install Windows as it will autodetect and then you can run it from Dos if you want the CD in MSDos Mode. Good luck
Posted on Sunday, November 7, 1999 - 7:36 pm:   

Thanks for answering Noel :>}

Ok let me try a different approach here

I have a 8 x SRC 830 CD-Rom

My HD is a maxtor 4.3 gig

I also have the Windows CD-Rom Setup Boot Disk that came with my full OEM version of windows[B version if I remember correctly]

The HD is formated

I put the Boot floppy in and boot up the computer,I can hear the floppy drive read it to a certain point but then it drops to a text line and says

Following file is missing or corupt COMMAND.COM
Type the name of the Command line interpetor[eg.C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM

What do I do next??

Now I dont think it would read the C:\COMMAND because there isnt one yet..right??

I think I am just forgetting to do something,I actually loaded it 2 days ago but did not like how I set it up so I formatted the disk again
Posted on Monday, November 8, 1999 - 1:34 am:   

Your bootdisk may be puckerooed. Get one off the site I gave you for Win95b and try it again......although I'm not sure how you formatted the Hard Drive and made it bootable ie: with system files if the on your floppy is knackered.
Posted on Monday, November 8, 1999 - 7:11 am:   

ok, well I see one thing wrong here right off the bat. Your hard drive is formatted but does not have the boot system files on it. You need a boot disk that also has (or sys.exe I can never remember the extension). You need to boot to the boot disk, then at a command prompt type sys c:
then hit enter. It will copy system files to your hard drive, then you will be able to boot to the hard drive without using a boot disk, and can go from there by installing your cdrom driver disk and running setup, overwriting existing files, and answer yes if it asks to modify autoexec.bat and/or config.sys
then you reboot without any floppy disks in the drive, and your cdrom drivers should load enabling you to install win95 off your cd
hope this helps
Posted on Monday, November 8, 1999 - 1:00 pm:   

I don't think CDRom setup programs will create auotexec.bat's and config.sys' if they don't already exist....which they won't with the command. You will need to create empty ones by using the edit command off that floppy from (unpaid plug :>} !!).
Mikes right about the command....but I still reckon it's the boot floppy you're using that's poked.
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 1999 - 1:29 am:   

I suspect that your system is attempting to boot to the C: drive, NOT the a: drive. If you have the bios set to boot from c, then a, it will see a bootable sector on the HDD but won't be able to find on the c: drive. If you think this is the case, change the boot option to a, c, and do a sys c: to make the HDD bootable. Then worry about getting the CD-rom drive. Look in the autoexec.bat and config.sys on your boot disk for references to the c: drive. If they exist, change the paths to refer to the appropriate place on the boot disk, and put the files (i.e. mscdex,exe and atapi.sys) in place if there is room. Best of all, find a win98 boot disk. It will start 99% of all cd-rom's without any work on your part (the boys at microsoft got this one right, for once).
Posted on Friday, November 19, 1999 - 5:52 am:   

here's what I would try. Instead of getting all confused with what you have, just start everything from scratch. Go to the web site Noel listed above and download a new bootdisk. Then boot off of it. These should have cdrom drivers on them and they will load off of the boot. Then you can start your installation of windows. Don't try to install your cdrom drivers first because they are already loaded on the disk.
hope this helps
Posted on Saturday, November 20, 1999 - 12:11 am:   

Thanks for keeping me humble. I looked back over my response, and even I have a hard time making sense of it. If in doubt, do what Depova says first, then try what I suggest, if you can follow the logic and haven't solved the problem on your own.

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