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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to A+ (Operating Systems)
 9  Chapter 0011:  DOS
      9  V  File-Related DOS Commands
           9  Batch Files

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CD-ROM Device Driver Trick

The OAKCDROM.SYS device driver found in Windows 98 is a protected mode device driver that seems to work with virtually every IDE CD we have tried, including CD ‘juke-boxes’. While it won’t make a juke-box read every drive letter, it does make the first drive letter available without chasing down some device driver.

Windows setup diskettes assign a ‘handle name’ in the CONFIG.SYS for the OAKCDROM.SYS file. If you have to perform a ‘quick and dirty’, just drop the OAKCDROM.SYS driver in the CONFIG.SYS file, with DEVICE= OAKCDROM.SYS

In the AUTOEXEC.BAT file, type MSCDEX.EXE /D:12345678 /D:Z and you will get virtually any IDE CD operational as a ‘Z’ drive. Now you can load Windows 2000, Linux, or ? onto a new hard drive from a command device interface (CDI) operating system such as DOS 6.22 (which easily fits on a floppy with all the required support drivers).

8 Practice Drive letter changing


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