clean re-install/no cd driver

By mfm1200
Sep 28, 2004
  1. trying to do a clean re-install of windows xp in my friends pc.
    I have done it before on other machines and managed to get the cd drive working, but this time i can't.

    on the initial boot the cd will start to spin then stop
    thought i had copied all the cd drivers to the "c: drive" but the cd won't boot.
    after startup i get the error, "device driver not found, MSCD001 no valid cd rom device drivers selected".

    i also copied the drivers from the w98 boot disk, ie; aspi2dos.sys, and 3 others similar.

    also in the bios the cd is referred to as "CD" and not as a letter.
    so the boot sequence i have set to "cd rom-a:-c:".

    i have some boot disks i copied from "" but they don't boot. just give system error.

    any help offered gratefully accepted.
    i am not a dummy but please keep it simple.

    the sysytem

    abit be 6 mb
    p3 550mhz
    toshiba dvd
    wd 13gb hdd.
    i though it strange- he said he was running XP previously, thought his system may be a little underpowered.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Does the BIOS find your CD drive? Set all the IDE devices to Auto in BIOS setup and see if your CD-ROM is recognised at all.
  3. mfm1200

    mfm1200 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    yes the bios sees the cd drive but tells me there is no driver.
    i think i'm going to use my pc to load the OS to the other hdd.
    maybe a lot easier and solve my problem
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    BIOS does not know anything about any drivers or drive letters. You are confusing things.

    You do not need any drivers to boot from the Windows XP CD. If your CD does not boot then you have a problem with your CD-ROM drive, the CD or the BIOS settings.

    If you want a DOS boot disk with CD drivers, go to and download the Windows 98SE custom boot floppy.
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