Is there a way around this situation?


A co-worker brought me an older Gateway laptop and asked if I could help him install an OS.

He has formatted the hard drive so I am having to start from scratch. I had a similar situation at home and used a parallel port case and cdrom to resolve that issue. Since the harddrive has been formatted I am unable to install the driver software. I have placed DOS drivers however it still will not recognize the CDROM. When I boot up the CDROM starts to "churn" but the ready light never comes on and I get error messages like "MSCDEX.EXE is not loaded" or "error reading CDROM drive" or "driver not installed".

Is there a way around this situation? I even attempted using 2000 startup disks and installing the AOKIDE (parallel box cd software) program as the OEM driver when asked - it still will not recognize the drive. In the alternative - is there a way I can create 3.5" diskettes from a CD to install either Windows 98 or 2000?



This question was answered on February 13, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It can be a number of things

Is there power to the cd rom ?

Is the jumper pins in correct ?

did he Format the drive properly ?

I think you sould have it check out by a tech to see whats wrong with it !

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Posted by Jermaine of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 13, 2003