Re: Henry help me please!

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Posted by Henry on February 17, 2002 at 22:01:49:

In Reply to: Re: Henry help me please! posted by Drewpy on February 17, 2002 at 16:09:47:

: : : Henry,I went and bought the ide controller card for the gemlight system we spoke about earlier.This worked fine to get the hard drive formatted but now in fdisk it doesn't detect the cd-rom hooked up to the same damn card!!!I don't understand this because if in fdisk the card makes the system list and recognize and access the HD(i have a c:prompt after the format)why would it detect and list the cd-rom(it even lists the right model number during loading the ide card)why then in fdisk will it not detect it when i try and start with cd-rom support????Am i doing something wrong?(besides messing with this old piece of crap!)I even tried to slave the cdrom(yes i put the jumper to slave position) off this HD thinking that maybe the cable was bad (but i doubted it since the ide card listed it when it loads)and it did the same thing.I even tried a different cd-rom(mine in my current system)with the same results.I'm pulling my hair out here.Any help is greatly appreciated.Thank You in advance,Drewpy
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: : fdisk is a fixed disk partitioning utility. It does not support, see or care about removable media devices.

: : Sounds like the IDE card sees the CD so the OS should see it as well if you have the right drivers installed. If you have the CD on the cable with the HDD the CD should be "slave". If the CD is on a separate cable (IDE port) it can usually be set EITHER master or slave but some devices are picky so you may need to experiment.

: : Suggest that you put a CD in the drive and try to see the files.

: : Good Luck,
: : Henry

: Henry,I tried to go to the e: prompt and see the win98 install disk and it says invalid drive specification.I know fdisk is for partitioning and formatting fixed disk drives,but at the start it gives you an option to start with or without cdrom support.Ive tried both ways and the system will not see the cd-rom drive.I can try and force the proper drivers into the system in DOS but this will do no good if the MB doesn't see the drive will it?Drewpy

When you boot using the win98 setup disk choose cdrom support. This is a boot choice, it has NOTHING to do with fdisk, this loads DOS CD drivers so DOS can read the CD and start installing win98. We may have a small naming problem. WHAT is it that you are calling fdisk? Are you running fdisk after you boot up with the setup diskette? If yes, WHAT do you see (there is NO REASON to expect the fdisk utility to ever acknowledge the CD ROM Drive).

The win98 setup disk sees your c: drive (IF partitioned and formatted), installs a ramdrive and loads it with DOS files (d:) then assigns letterss to other defined and formatted HDD partitions and lastly the CD. How many partitions do you have on yout HDD (fdisk option 4 would display this)? Did you format the HDD after partitioning it (format/s)? Are the HDD partitions still intact (do they EXIST)? Did you format ALL partitions?

Suggest that you boot up with the win98 diskette, WITH CD support and at the DOS prompt type "dir x:" - do for x = c, x = d, x = e, x = f and so on until you hit the CD.

If your HDD is formatted you should see command/com ONLY if you used format c:/s otherwise NO FILES; if c: isn't formatted it won't get a drive letter and the c: prompt will be the ramdrive.

d: should be the ramdrive, about 2 MB (I think) and will have a bunch of DOS files. If your HDD isn't formatted the ramdrive will get the letter c: and your cd will be d:

Keep trying. Hope this helps.


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