[SOLVED] Prolinea 4/50

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lonesome_wolf2000

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I'm working on a compaq prolinea 4/50 and i can't get it to recognize the cdrom drive. I have reinstalled the drivers for the controller card, but it is still a no go. The drive was working fine until i uninstalled some hp printer software. Now I cannot install anything because i dont have cdrom support.

The system is using windows 95 with 12mb ram. The cdrom connects to a controller card that came with the computer. The controller card then plugs into a riser board that plugs into the motherboard in the machine. Please if someone knows anyway for me to get back the usage of the cdrom.........POST!!

Thanks.
 

~Candy~

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I think you are going to need real mode drivers for the cdrom. Have you checked Compaq's website?

Take a look at the autoexec.bat and config.sys.....are the real mode drivers loading there?
 
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i did a prolinea once ,i think she is right you can go to compaq .com and find the cd rom drivers you need.if it isnt the drivers i had a similar problem with mine i had to stick the cd rom and hard drive on the same ide cable.my problem was the hard drive wouldnt detect.you can also call compaq because that is a commercial destop model they will support it.but try going and downloading those sofpaqs at compaq .com
 

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I went to compaq's site and navigated through their support section. I picked the following information:

software & drivers >> desktop prolinea series >> Prolinea 4/50 >> Windows 95.

The updates they have listed didnt appear to be what i need. I also checked the config.sys and autoexec.bat files to see if there was a cdrom driver being loaded. There wasn't. So i found a generic cdrom driver disk and installed it. Now when the computer boots up it says :

"CD-Rom driver not ready"

Wrong Driver? Or just something i need to change?


UPDATE:

I then tried to copy one of the files off of a windows 98 startup disk. I copied Oakcdrom.sys to the hard drive and told the autoexec.bat and config.sys files to load the driver. The computer boots up normally. I get a cdrom icon in My Computer, but it will not read any cd's. When you try it pops up a box that is empty and says 0 objects in folder. Also in device manager there is no entry for the cdrom drive, but there is a new ide/esdi hard disk controller. There was already one there before, but this one has an exclamation mark on it. I checked the properties and it says that all the drivers are not installed for this device.

Now what?
 

lonesome_wolf2000

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I managed to find a longer cable and attatch the cdrom to the same cable as the hd. Now the cdrom works fine.
 

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Have you tried reading more than one cd?

Is the cdrom working from dos? Try booting with a bootable floppy with cdrom support and pop a cd in the drive and try to get a directory.
 
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the crabman was right about putting both on the same ide cable then????? how about that candy who was that masked crabber:D
 

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lonesome, it would be better if you didn't go back and edit older posts....it makes other postings after yours look moot.

and supertech, it's a well known fact that you are crabman.....
 
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