I would not attempt this on less than Windows 98se and even then I know there are limits that are in place.
You don't have Windows 98se so it may be that you don't have USB 2.0 support which is required to playback DVD from the external drive.
I would be really grateful if someone could help me with what appears to be a real nightmare of a problem.
I have had Windows 98 problems for a few weeks now (in that I deleted a malware file that had written itself to iexplorer.exe).
I have sufficiently solved these Windows problems to give me access to initially all the programs and more recenetly the internet.
In the intervening period I bought a Artec CD-RW DVD Rom External Drive (as my 2 internal CD Drives were not working properly). I bought it so that I could at least copy important files and directories from my hard disk. It was also one of the few that claimed to allow the use of Windows 98.
On the initial attachment of the drive using the USB, my computer indicated that new hardware had been found. However, it required the driver which was on CD and therefore I couldn't access. As a result it was not installed properly. My brother made a copy of the CD onto a couple of disks (which I could and still can access).
Now I have installed the drivers from the floppy disk but the computer does not seem to have recognised the external drive. I could try downloading the drivers from the website but it would seem that the drivers themselves are not the problem. It is the computer not recognising the new hardware (other than initial attachment) that is the problem.
I have already tried using the control panel/add new hardware function and the computer does not recognise the extrenal drive (or at least it does not list it). The same is true when it searches for new hardware - still nothing. I have tried re-attaching the hardware and also reinstalling the software and still nothing.
Does anyone please have any ideas or know of any freeware that will acknowledge new hardware.
Any help would be extremely appreciated as I am tearing my hair out!!!!!!!!!