windows thinks my CD-ROM is not there

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ghank

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Hi. I am in the process of trying to get Windows 98se to recognize my CD-ROM drive. It disappeared recently when I was trying to fix another problem, but this problem is more basic. I have booted up using a startup disk and the CD-ROM drive can be accessed by that method, so it is connected and working. The CD-ROM doesn't show up in My Computer, Device Manager, or System Information. I think that it is detected by BIOS, however I'm not exactly sure what to look for in BIOS to confirm this. What should my next step be, or what additional information do I need to include so my problem can be identified? Any help would be great, so I thank you in advance for your efforts.
 

JohnWill

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One thing you can check, REM out any references to a CD driver in CONFIG.SYS and MSCDEX in AUTOEXEC.BAT.
 

ghank

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Does this mean put REM in front of any lines that contain references to a cd driver in CONFIG.SYS and the same for MSCDEX in AUTOEXEC.BAT? Sorry for my incompetence.
 

ghank

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I looked at my Config.sys and Autoexec.bat, and both of them had REM in front of [CD-ROM Drive]. I changed the REM to MSCDEX in Autoexec.bat as you suggested. When I restarted, I noticed the words "Illegal Option" as it was processing the line I had changed. I guess I'm not sure what was supposed to happen or what this could tell me so I'll just wait for more instructions.
 

ghank

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I loaded up a registry from a few days ago and my D: drive is back! Thanks, johnwill for your time.:)
 
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