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    New Lounger
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    CD-ROM Problem

    My son's machine is running on Win95 and has a X24 CD-ROM drive. Previously, when adding Windows features from the Win95 CD-ROM I have noticed that the system seems to identify the drive as R:, yet the drive is identified elsewhere as D:. Now the CD-ROM drive seems to be unable to see/read most CD-ROMs, although it will usually play audio CDs. I suspect this might be due to this confusion of drive letters. What should I do to fix this? Suggestions gratefully received!


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    Silver Lounger
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    Re: CD-ROM Problem

    There are a few steps you can take to find the root of your problem, I'll start with the most obvious... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Have you cleaned your CD-ROM in a while?

    Are you properly storing your ROM media? (Do your CD's have scratches all over them? etc?)

    If the answer to both of those is an emphatic "Yes!", then you might check out the following:

    Back in the 'old' days, Hardware configurations were determined by two files in the PC world. These files are Config.sys and Autoexec.bat. Both of these files are located on your C: drive, and contain information about your hardware.

    Similiarly, there is one driver which is used most common for driving CD-ROM drives of various types, and it is most definitley on your system as you're running Windows 95. Win95 was (and is still) a very DOS-oriented OS. The driver you're looking for is MSCDEX.

    You'll have to click on Start, MS-DOS Prompt, to open a command window. From here, type the following:


    When your prompt looks like [c:] type the following:

    edit config.sys

    You're looking for a line of code that precedes MSCDEX, but most specifically, you're looking for a drive letter, (In your case, R

    If you see R:, remove the R and change it to D, then exit the program, making sure you select "Yes" when it asks you to save.

    If the drive designation isn't located in config.sys, try examining autoexec.bat, following the same steps outlined above.

    If niether contains a drive letter specification, let me know, i'll see what I can come up with.

    Hope that helps!
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    Uranium Lounger
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    Re: CD-ROM Problem

    I'm at work where our sysadmin has disabled a LARGE number of capabilities, so I may be a bit "off" on the details ... through Settings, Control Panel, System, Device Manager, you should be able to review drive settings and look for assignments and conflicts.
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