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Win 98 will not finish installing

by cbb3 / April 8, 2006 2:06 AM PDT

I have an old IBM ThinkPad Laptop Type 2635 that came with Win 95. I was trying to install a wireless card and the system froze. Unable to do anything I erased everything and tried to install Win 98. It installs smoothly down to the last 3 min and then doesn't recognize the CD drive. Not being able to get the last files off the CD it needs, Win 98 doesn't work. How can I get the laptop to recognize that it still has a CD drive and get the files off that I need?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 2:38 AM PDT

Copy the Win98 from the CD to the hard disk and install from there. Remember that installing Windows OS is not going to supply the needed machine drivers so get those on the hard disk prior to installing the OS. Said drivers for motherboard and more are on


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Tried but couldn't
by cbb3 / April 8, 2006 5:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Cheat.

The Win 98 CD I have shows only some DOS files when I access the CD drive and type in "DIR" It does not show me a Win98 Folder. It only shows me 15 files at 600,000 bytes. It is not showing me The Win 98 files. How can I get around this?

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This it's not a Windows 98 CD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 5:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Tried but couldn't

That CD is most likely some copy. Try the one from Microsoft.


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Sorry Please disregard last reply
by cbb3 / April 8, 2006 6:24 AM PDT

Just after I submited my reply I was reading the readme.txt and realized my CD was in Drive E not D. Win 98 is about 80% loaded now on the laptop.

Question: What is the old Dos command to keep a .txt file from going to straight to end of file. It makes it go screen by screen so you can read it. I thought it was using the "pipe" with "more". Do you remember?

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New Problem No CD drive
by cbb3 / April 8, 2006 6:45 AM PDT

I have successfully loaded Windows 98 on this old IBM ThinkPad 380ED. But when I open up Explorer it does not show me D or E drive. I need to load some programs from CD's. Suggestion?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 8:19 AM PDT

Install the motherboard or "support" drivers for said make/model. They'll be at No CD driver is required.


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Fix coming Up
by cbb3 / April 8, 2006 9:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Fix.

Thank - you.

I already went to IBM but did not see any CD rom drivers. Came back and read your message. On my way back now to IBM for Support Drivers. Thanks.

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I hope for the best.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 10:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Fix coming Up

"Oh drat these computers, they're so naughty and so complex. I could pinch them."
- Marvin (the) Martian.


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Add drivers to startup files..
by skycatcher / April 11, 2006 4:48 AM PDT

I just add a universal CD driver (e.g. Oak Technologies) to Config.sys and MSCDEX.exe to Autoexec.bat. The CD driver may be something like CDROMDRV.sys so put this and MSCDEX.exe (from the windows\command folder) into the route directory (C:\). I'm just using 'cdromdrv.sys' here as an example, make sure you use the correct name of the driver you get hold of.

Add Config.sys line..
Device=C:\cdromdrv.sys /d:CD001

Add Win98 folder to path in Autoexec.bat
path %path%;c:\win98

Add Autoexec.bat lines...
C:\mscdex.exe /d:CD001

Make sure the drive name /d:CD001 are identical in both startup files. Now reboot and all should work OK....!

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