cd burner probs


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Steve Davison

Hi - I'm hoping someone can offer some help/thoughts/advice

I recently installed a Liteon cd burner (pretty simple - all went well), but
now I cannot run a normal boot.

I'm running a basic Win98 system - It'll boot into safe mode, but hangs at
the win98 splash screen if I try and boot as normal.

When I installed the cd burner driver, some changes were made to the
autoexec.bat and config.sys files. In an effort to resolve the problem, I
removed these new entries from both files (one entry loads the mscdex driver
and the other points to the burner driver) but the problem remains.

I have also tried to re-install the burner driver, in-case it hadn't
installed correctly.

I'm now wondering if the problem has something to do with the win.ini or
system.ini files?

cheers

Steve
 
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Mini Me

Have you disconnected the drive to see if Windows boots up as it did
before?

Have you tried a "logged boot" to see exactly what is causing the lock
up?
 
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Steve Davison

thanks mini-me - your advice is along with my thinking

I hadn't considered a logged boot - so I'll also give that a go first and
see what turns up.

failing that, I'd considered that my next course of action is to re-install
back to the original cd-rom and delete the installed drivers in an attempt
to get back to a stable system.

Surely PnP wasn't meant to be this hard :)
 
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Dave C.

Steve Davison said:
Hi - I'm hoping someone can offer some help/thoughts/advice

I recently installed a Liteon cd burner (pretty simple - all went well), but
now I cannot run a normal boot.

I'm running a basic Win98 system - It'll boot into safe mode, but hangs at
the win98 splash screen if I try and boot as normal.

When I installed the cd burner driver, some changes were made to the
autoexec.bat and config.sys files. In an effort to resolve the problem, I
removed these new entries from both files (one entry loads the mscdex driver
and the other points to the burner driver) but the problem remains.

I have also tried to re-install the burner driver, in-case it hadn't
installed correctly.

I'm now wondering if the problem has something to do with the win.ini or
system.ini files?

cheers

Steve
Whoa . . . autoexec.bat and config.sys are not files used by Windows 98. If
they are present, delete them and/or rename them. If Windows doesn't run
right without them, your OS and/or drivers are installed incorrectly. I
suspect you probably installed the wrong software for your burner and/or
operating system. Good luck, -Dave
 
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Shep©

Whoa . . . autoexec.bat and config.sys are not files used by Windows 98. If
they are present, delete them and/or rename them. If Windows doesn't run
right without them, your OS and/or drivers are installed incorrectly. I
suspect you probably installed the wrong software for your burner and/or
operating system. Good luck, -Dave
Ditto.Win9X does not need the Autoexec.bat/Config.sys files to run nor
load Cdrom/CDR/DVD drive drivers.They can be useful for Anti-virus
programs to load and scan before windows boots but other than that
they are pretty redundant.



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Steve said:
Hi - I'm hoping someone can offer some help/thoughts/advice

I recently installed a Liteon cd burner (pretty simple - all went well), but
now I cannot run a normal boot.

I'm running a basic Win98 system - It'll boot into safe mode, but hangs at
the win98 splash screen if I try and boot as normal.

When I installed the cd burner driver, some changes were made to the
autoexec.bat and config.sys files. In an effort to resolve the problem, I
removed these new entries from both files (one entry loads the mscdex driver
and the other points to the burner driver) but the problem remains.

I have also tried to re-install the burner driver, in-case it hadn't
installed correctly.

I'm now wondering if the problem has something to do with the win.ini or
system.ini files?

cheers

Steve
Can't your restore your Windows setup to a previous date where it at
least booted???
 
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Dave C.

Can't your restore your Windows setup to a previous date where it at
least booted???
Hard to do with windows 98, unless you are running some kind of 3rd-party
restore program that you installed BEFORE you screwed up. -Dave
 
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Peter Ives

Dave C. <spammersdie@ah said:
Hard to do with windows 98, unless you are running some kind of 3rd-party
restore program that you installed BEFORE you screwed up. -Dave
Well you can certainly restore the registry and surely that would be
where all references to the new drive are normally referenced from.

If win98 isn't starting then more than likely the startup menu appears
at next boot given various options. Select DOS prompt and then type:

cd \windows\command and press ENTER
then type scanreg /restore and press ENTER

This should allow the registry to be restored to a previous, working
one.

As far as the problem goes, I recently was asked to look at a computer
that had just developed a similar problem, locking up before a complete
boot to windows with win98.

Disabling the cd-rom drive and the computer would start.

When I looked at autoexec.bat and config.sys there were the references
to mscdex, so I just added REM to the beginning of those lines and the
computer booted as normal. The strange thing was that those lines had
been there for ages without any problem. The guy had then gone to do
something with it - can't remember what now - and suddenly it would no
longer boot to windows.
 

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