Where is my 98 cd

Question

I have completely wiped my hard drive. Now when I go through the Windows 98 load process I boot using a windows 98 boot disk and get to the point where is says a:setup and the CD is not found . So I can't load windows 98. I need the dos cd driver mscdex.exe.

I have no cue as to how to load this driver, or where. And my DOS skills are very bad. Can someone get me a walk through on this problem?

Answer

This question was answered on February 7, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Windows 98 has it's own built-in 32-bit protected mode drivers for CD-ROM drives, but on your boot disk you are probably using the older 16 bit real mode drivers and two files are required, the 16 bit device driver provided by the manufacturer of the CD-ROM drive and the 16 bit real-mode OS interface to the driver, MSCDEX.EXE The device driver is loaded from CONFIG.SYS, and the MSCDEX.EXE is loaded from AUTOEXEC.BAT file Try and locate an original CD and install these drivers from the DOS installation program anfd your problem will be taken care of

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Posted by Eugene of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 7, 2003