Posted: 04-06-2004, 08:09 PM
I don't think anyone has the right answer to this issue
but I challenge anyone to give me it! In fact, I'll offer
a small donation to the guy who comes up with the right
I recently installed an external CD writer using Nero
software. For a while the PC would let me operate the
internal CD-Rom and the CD-Writer. Now only the CD Writer
is operational. I tried uninstalling the external CD
software in the hope that the computer would wake up to
the fact that it has a CDRom of its own. It never took the
I've searched the Internet and asked around but nobody
seems to have a clue how to fix the problem. One guy
advised me to load a CD-Rom driver from a floppy. Yeah,
right! The MSCDEx.exe file is not corrupt. The registry is
fine. The config and autoexec profiles are fine.
Another guy suggested a specific driver from Oak
Technology. Tried that. Done that. No T-shirt.
Evidently, I don't really want to reinstall Win 98 if I
do not have to. I can say that I've looked up my bible
(thanks Bill!) called "Answers" (Matthews) published by
Osborne. p.39 is the relevant chapter. The computer had
failed to assign a separate port to the new bit of
hardware which had caused a conflict. I was told that on
boot-up Win 98 grabs the D drive for its 'ramdrive'
shoving the CDRom into a temporary E slot. Nice one.
I reassigned the drive letters as advised. Still no joy.
I reconfigured (using 'rem') just so that I could access
the desktop because I kept getting 'OE Exception" messages
on attempting to boot up. The computer was confusing its
own pre-loaded drivers with the one saved to the autoexec
and config files.
The man-hours I've given to this probably quite simple
issue must be already running easily to the hundred mark.
I must admit that it is a comfort to know that even geeks
don't have all the answers.
May I point out to all my fellow bunny rabbits and to 'Mr
G' himself that I am just an ordinary bloke with some
knowledge but obviously not nearly enough knowledge of the
inner workings of this monster. It deprives me of more
sleep than did my children when they were babies.
I have a love-hate relationship with my PC.
Ilove it when it behaves itself. I hate it when it does
this to me. The following resolutions seem possible either
independently or in conjunction with each other.
1 I can obtain a splitter cable as one can gets for a hard
disk and operate both the internal and external hardware
from it using an automatic or manual switching device.
2 I can reinstall Win98 in a separate folder having first
saved my own personal files to CD. This might possibly
restore function to the internal CD Rom. I can then make
sure that I provide a separate drive letter for the
external drive - if I want to risk reinstalling it.
3 I can replace the existing internal CD Rom with one
whose spec and driver comes with its own installation disk
If the issue is not resolved that way then I know that it
is almost certainly an OE issue.
4. None of the above are very elegant resolutions of the
issue. I don't want to throw the baby out with the bath
water. If you can provide the correct one - then I shall
be very pleased indeed.
For the geeks among you here are some spec details.
Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A
Upgrade using Full OEM
CD /T:C:\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=E:\WIN98 /IZ /IS /IQ /IT /II
/NR /II /C /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
IE 5 6.0.2800.1106
On "OEMCOMPUTER" as "Default"
Second Byte Computers
GenuineIntel Pentium(r) II Processor
41% system resources free
Windows-managed swap file on drive C (2800MB free)
Available space on drive C: 2800MB of 9748MB (FAT32)
Look forward to hearing from you