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Building New Puter..How Do You Load the OS??

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Nalapombu, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. Nalapombu

    Nalapombu Millennium Member

    Oct 21, 1999
    Spring, TEXAS....USA
    Hey all,

    This may sound dumb, but bear with me. I remember when I built a few computers several years back with Win95 that before you could do anything you had to first have DOS installed and then you would install drivers for the CDROM drive. You would have to have the MSCDEX (or some such file) in the autoexec.bat file to get the CDROM to work. After you had that loaded you could then use the CDROM drive and load the OS.
    I now understand all of that has changed. Someone told me that you have to install the hardware and change the BIOS to where the machine will boot from the CDROM drive and when it does that you insert the OS disc and begin installing the OS. My question is how do you get the CDROM drive working in the first place? Do you not have to install drivers for it? I am guessing that DOS is no longer a part of the operation so what do you do with the CDROM drivers? If no drivers are installed via floppy, then what makes the CDROM drive work?
    Just curious....

    Thanks for the clear up.

  2. The drive will be recognized by the BIOS and you will not have to load any external drivers to access it.

    In order for BIOS to boot for the drive, you will have to set the CDROM to be recognized in the boot order BEFORE it gets to the HDD. I do not know what BIOS you have, it varies from MB to MB so I cannot get more specific that that right now.

  3. lomfs24


    Apr 19, 2003
    The BIOS will use a set of "generic" drivers that will allow data to be extracted from the CDROM. The drivers that you are thinking of are drivers that tell the OS how to interact with the CDROM but since you are accessing the CDROM prior to the OS coming online they are a mute point.

    Just set the BIOS to boot from the CDROM before the HDD and insert your favorite flavor of Linux and rock and roll.

    Ooooops. I meant that you can use the WinXP install CD too if you really think you want to. ;f
  4. Nalapombu

    Nalapombu Millennium Member

    Oct 21, 1999
    Spring, TEXAS....USA
    Thanks for clearing that one up fellas. I had been aggravated by that for a while and now I'm not.
    When I do start building my system I have a feeling I am going to be wearin' out the Tech Forum and those that prowl here. Heck I may end up running a bunch of 'em off.
    Since when did the BIOS come with instructions already built in to recognize a CDROM? This is all a LONG way from the good ole DOS days...

  5. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

    Dec 28, 2000
    Bootable CDROMs have been around since the late high-end 386s. They've been standard since somewhere around '95ish.

    Drop the first CD in, boot the computer and answer the questions ;f

  6. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    I remember building several Win9x computers, and needing the MSCDEX.exe file that the original poster referring to. Matter of fact, I used it everytime until I built a PC on WinMe. That file would always be copied when you made a Win9x boot disk. Maybe it was an unnecessary step, I don't know.

    Regardless, nowdays its not necessary, as everyone has said.

  7. bambihunter

    bambihunter 10mm collector

    Feb 4, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    What OS were you trying to install?

    Somewhere around here I have a floppy that I made a nice little automation process (all with *.bat files) that will ask, then format the drive, then copy over all required CD-ROM drivers needed for most systems, then install the basic system files. I think I've got one of those for Win95, Win98, and Win98SE.
    If you're interested I can dig it out. There's no complex programs so you can check the files yourself for signs of virus. I just kept doing the same processes over and over a lot years back so I automated it.
  8. WFO2


    May 12, 2004
    When I do a WIN98 box I boot for a boot disk ( floppy) then I make a directory called WIn98 and copy the CD there . Then I remove the CD and install it form the HD that way it never asks for the cd . On XP I boot from the cd and format NTFS quick ......