Windows has disabled the realmode driver that your CDROM drive is using. That's why you don't see it in the browse list and it's proably trying to install them. If you have a startup disk you can follow the steps at the bottom of this post to solve the problem.
The only way to "clear" all settings and start over without deleting Windows is to find a file call "system.dat" in your windows directory. Rename this file to "system.old". Now look for a file called "system.1st" at the root of your C drive. Copy this file into your windows directory and rename it to "system.dat". When you restart your computer Windows will behave as if you had just installed it. Your system will be returned to the state it was in when Windows was first installed.
"Determining If the Real-Mode CD-ROM Drivers Work
Before you configure your computer to use the real-mode CD-ROM drivers from the
Startup disk, verify that the drivers work with your CD-ROM drive. To do so,
follow these steps:
1. Restart your computer using the Windows 98 Startup disk. On the Startup menu,
choose Start Computer With CD-ROM Support.
2. Insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
3. Type "dir <drive>:" (without the quotation marks), and then press
ENTER, where <drive> is the drive letter for the CD-ROM drive. Note
that the CD-ROM drive letter may be one letter higher than you expect.
If you can retrieve a directory of the CD-ROM, the real-mode drivers work with
your CD-ROM drive. If you cannot retrieve a directory, you must use the drivers
included with your CD-ROM drive.
Using the Startup Disk Real-Mode CD-ROM Drivers
To configure your computer to use the real-mode drivers from the Startup disk,
follow these steps:
1. If you have not already done so, restart your computer using the Windows 98
2. Create a new folder on your hard disk and then copy files to the new folder.
To do so, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after each line:
copy aspi2dos.sys c:
copy aspi4dos.sys c:
copy aspi8dos.sys c:
copy aspi8u2.sys c:
copy aspicd.sys c:
copy btdosm.sys c:
copy btcdrom.sys c:
copy flashpt.sys c:
copy himem.sys c:
copy oakcdrom.sys c:
copy c:\windows\command\mscdex.exe c:\rmcd
There should be 11 files in the new folder.
3. Make backup copies of your Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files (if they exist).
To do so, type the following lines at the command prompt, pressing ENTER
after each command:
copy autoexec.bat autoexec.sav
copy config.sys config.sav
4. Type "edit autoexec.bat" (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.
5. Add the following line to the Autoexec.bat file:
lh c:\rmcd\mscdex.exe /d:mscd001
6. On the File menu, click Save, and then click Exit on the File menu.
7. Type "edit config.sys" (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.
8. Add the following line to the Config.sys file:
device=c:\rmcd\himem.sys /testmem :Off
NOTE: If the Himem.sys line already exists, do not add the line above.
Add the following lines to the Config.sys file:
9. On the File menu, click Save, and then click Exit on the File menu.
10. Remove the Startup disk and then restart your computer normally."
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[This message has been edited by Ghost_Hacker (edited 03-14-2001).]
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