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extracting files

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  1. ginnywinnieb

    ginnywinnieb Thread Starter

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    How do you extract files from a cd in ms dos. I do not have a floppy drive on my laptop and I am trying to extract some files from the cd so that they may be put on the computer. It calls for a floppy to extract to, but it says that I can change the drive. Well, I tried that and it did not work. Then I typed in extract at the prompt and it gives me directions, but I am so illiterate when it comes to this. Could anyone explain in terms that I may understand.
    Thank you
     
  2. MacFromOK

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    Hi, :)

    Here's an example, but you'll have to make
    some changes to it.

    extract /Y /E /L "c:\destfolder" "d:\cdfilename"


    1. Replace the destination directory path
    (c:\destfolder) with the directory (folder)
    path where you want the file extracted to.

    2. Replace the CD file path (d:\cdfilename)
    with the path\filename you want extracted.

    3. Use the quotation marks. Depending on
    your OS, it may be required for long filenames.

    4. The /Y will overwrite files of the same
    name in the destination folder, so make
    sure you're not extracting older files over
    newer ones.

    Cheers, Mac
     
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    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    ginnywinnieb Thread Starter

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    Hi!
    I appreciate you helping me. I tried what you said and it is giving me the message "cannot open file: e\cdmwavew9a.exe.
    If you will look at the post the other guy gave me, it says in it that sometimes it will not be able to read my cd rom drive. I have discovered that this is the case. I do not understand what the article is trying to tell me and I need someone to explain it in laymans terms.
    If you could help, it would be appreciated.
    Thank you
     
  5. MacFromOK

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    Hi, :)

    It seems to be reading your drive OK or
    you'd have gotten a different error.

    One problem is your path/filename. You can't
    use DOS "extract" on an EXE file (you also left
    out the ":" after the "e"). An EXE file can be
    run from the Windows Explorer by double
    clicking on it. If it's a self-extracting ZIP file
    (they have EXE extensions), you can probably
    open it with WINZIP or whatever file compression
    utility you have.

    Cheers, Mac
     
  6. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    But cdmwavew9a.exe is not a Windows file, and therefore you won't find it on your Windows CD-ROM, hence the error.

    Why do you think you need this file, and have you got an idea to what application or program it belongs?
     
  7. ginnywinnieb

    ginnywinnieb Thread Starter

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    The program it belongs to is mwave. This is an ibm modem and sound card in one. They used them on the older laptops. I have a thinkpad 760cd that I got for my dad to mess around on while he is on the road and I cannot get the sound to come out of it. Every time I think I have fixed the problem another one pops up. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. MacFromOK

    MacFromOK

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    Ginny, :)

    I suggest you post your last summary (with
    any other available details) of the problem
    in the "Hardware" forum, since it's apparently
    a sound card/driver glitch. People specializing
    in this area will be more apt to see it there.

    Cheers, Mac
     
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