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Problems with CD-ROM Preventing Me from Installing Windows95


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#1 Pookylinus

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 06:11 PM

Hi,

I formatted my C drive with the command "format c:" and am trying to reinstall Windows 95. I can get the following to display on my computer when I use the startup disk I have:

Starting Windows 95...

Microsoft® Windows 95
© Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1996.

A:\>

Then if I type "d:", it says "Invalid drive specification". I reinstalled the CD-ROM device driver, but that didn't seem to help... (My CD-ROM is an Atapi CD-ROM Drive 32X Maximum.) I also made a boot disk for Windows 95 from www.bootdisk.com and inserting that into the A drive along with the Windows 95 installation CD in my CD-ROM drive (supposedly D drive), but that didn't work either... I tried changing the boot sequence so that A drive is first in the sequence, or CD-ROM is first in the sequence, but neither of those things helped either. Rather than continuing to try random things, if you could help me with my problem, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 06:14 PM

Oh - and one more thing, I have tried typing "e:", "f:", "g:", etc. to see if my CD-ROM drive has changed to one of those by any chance, but the "Invalid drive specification" message still shows up...

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 06:23 PM

Well I do not think that Windows 95 will boot the setup off the cd, so you will definitely need a floppy bootdisk that has the atapi cd drivers installed. I would advise that you download and use a 98 boot disk as that came with generic atapi cd drivers that should allow you to access the 95 cd.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 06:42 PM

I also made a boot disk for Windows 95 from www.bootdisk.com


Use that boot disk and set A: as your first boot device. When you get to A:\> change to R: as all their boot disks use R: as the drive letter for the CD-Rom. When you are at R: type setup.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 07:30 PM

Thanks a lot, guys! It worked!!

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 07:42 PM

Glad we were able to help. Thanks for posting back. :thumbsup:

And by the way, welcome to BC.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 03:31 PM

Nice Leurgy...didnt know about the R: drive.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 03:40 PM

Yeah, I don't know why he does that. The other weird thing is that he names the drive Banana. Go figure. :thumbsup:

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