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How do I access the CD-ROM?


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This can be tricky when you don't know how to go about it. Fortunately I do know how to go about it, if you read this then you will to.
Its a two part procedure, firstly you'll need a CD-ROM driver provided by the CD-ROM manufacturer* and secondly you will require a program to load it. If you are lucky the CD-ROM driver will come with an install program, if so then follow the provided instructions; if not then read on.

Firstly you must set up the driver in your CONFIG.SYS file using a DEVICE or DEVICEHIGH statement. A line that looks something like this should be added:
You should have a file with a ".SYS" extension, you need to replace "C:\CD_ROM\OAKCDROM.SYS" with the path of your ".SYS" file.

The final step depends on your OS, MS-DOS uses MSCDEX.EXE whereas others like DR-DOS use NWCDEX.EXE. If you are using MSCDEX then you need to add this line to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file:
If you are using NWCDEX then you need to add this line:
Note that the "MSCD000" is the same as that used in the CONFIG.SYS file.
If you now restart your computer the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive should be accessible.

*About CD-ROM Drivers
As well as using the exact driver for your CD-ROM drive its often possible to use a generic one, many boot disks include a generic driver already set up. If you do want the exact driver then go to the manufacturers site, a good place to help you find it is


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