AH>>: I have the Sony33A CD-ROM and the SB multi cd card. I am having
AH>>: problems getting the cd-rom to work. Everything is connected
AH>>: correctly but I am having problems with configuring the drivers.
AH>>You should have received a Sony installation diskette which contains
AH>a >setup routine.
AH>>MSCDEX.EXE in it. The setup routine will also create modified
AH>>autoexec.bat and config.sys files for you by adding the lines,
AH>>\DEV\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 to the former and DEVICE=\DEV\SLCD.SYS
AH>>/D:MSCD001 /B:340 /M:P /K /C to the latter. The switch settings
AH>selected >by the setup routine may not be correct...
AH>In particular, watch the /B: part. That's the base I/O address, and
AH>it's probably wrong. It is certainly wrong for my sound card, which
AH>is a Sound Galaxy 16 Pro Extra. When I allowed the setup program to
AH>have its own way, it used a default of 300 (there's something in the
AH>READ.ME file about older versions using a default of 340). I waded
AH>into the technical bits of the sound card's manual, and came out with
AH>an address of 634, and when I altered the config.sys file to read
AH>/B:634 it worked fine.
AH>The sound card also came with a driver. It's an old one, intended
AH>for use with the CDU-31; it drives the CDU-33, but only at single
AH>speed. However, it also uses significantly less memory than the Sony
AH>driver. I've arranged my config.sys file to allow me to choose which
AH>of the two drivers to use. If you don't have MS-DOS 6, it may be
AH>worth having several config files; one using the Sony driver, one
AH>using the sound card's driver, and one with no driver at all. Copy
AH>the desired file to config.sys and reboot the computer.
If you are not getting a msg at the config.sys attempt to load the
device driver that says something to the effect of:
DRIVE NOT INSTALLED, DEVICE POWERED DOWN, OR COMMUNICATION FAILED
Device driver not loaded.
read no further. But if you are...
I spent a week in hell trying to get my Sony CDU33A running with a
tri-interface card (Sony, Panasonic, and Mit(?)), and the problem ended
up getting solved like this: unplug the ribbon cable connecting the CD
drive to the interface card, rotate the end connector 180 degrees and
plug it back into the card.
That's all it took.
Mark "a '48 Hudson on the info superhighway's feeder road"
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