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    WIN98 SE & Drivers

    Is there some knack needed to get drivers off the upgrade CDROM for WIN98SE? There seems to be something odd about the way they're bundled together, compressed, or indexed.

    I have just been given a laser printer from the dark ages that I know works well and has a nearly new toner installed. Control Panel / Install New Hardware knows all about it - Epson / EPL7100 - and tells me to put the CDROM in, but then can't find the driver. It's looking for
    FINSTALL.DLL - I say skip file so then it looks for
    ICONLIB.DLL - I say skip file so then it looks for
    UNIDRV.DLL - I say skip file so then it looks for
    HPPCL.DRV - which is probably what it needs although it sounds more like a Hewlett Packard driver.
    The CDROM seems to have a lot of drivers bundled into cabinet files.

    I had similar trouble with an ATI display adapter a few months ago and had to download the driver across the internet because the .INF file Windows expected wasn't found on the CDROM that came with the adapter.
    All help gratefully received!

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    Re: WIN98 SE & Drivers

    Is there a chance that you need to point the install to the DRIVERS subdirectory on the CD? There's also a PRINTERS sub-subdirectory under that but I don't know where your particular Epson might be. Windows IS pretty stupid when it comes to directing itself to the correct place!

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    Re: WIN98 SE & Drivers

    I do NOT think there are any drivers on the upgrade of 98 to SE. It was a OEM only release, I think you need to put in the orginal Win 98 Fe CD to get the drivers.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: WIN98 SE & Drivers

    Thank you, Big Al.

    The Win98 SE upgrade disk has a directory marked Drivers with a subdirectory marked Printer and that has a subd. for Epson and another for HP. Well, it looks as though they just put theSecond Edition's new/additional drivers for these two makes in those directories.

    It turned out that the subdirectory I needed was WIN98 DRIVER11.CAB: I found FINSTALL.DLL in there all right, and evidently once I had pointed the installer to FINSTALL.DLL the library file led the installer to the other three files it needed.

    I had never noticed that these cabinets behave like folders, under the influence of Windows Explorer revealing the names of the files they contain. The odd thing is that, just like the Windows installer, Find / Files and Folders cannot find the contents of .CABs , which is why I gave up and cried out for help. As you say, its a pretty stupid arrangement.
    All help gratefully received!

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