How to Read a CD from DOS

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SYMPTOMS

You cannot read a CD in a MS-DOS-based virtual machine. The CD/DVD-ROM drive is not available.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because your MS-DOS operating system is not configured to access a CD/DVD-ROM drive.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, edit your Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files to load the drivers that permit MS-DOS to read your CD/DVD-ROM drive.

Note: These steps assume that your MS-DOS system files are located in the C:\DOS directory. If they are not, replace C:\DOS with the correct path.
  1. At a DOS prompt, type:
    edit C:\autoexec.bat
  2. Type the following command, and then press the ENTER key:
    lh c:\dos\mscdex.exe /s /d idecd001
  3. Press ALT-F, and then press S to save the file.
  4. Press ALT-F, press O, and then type the following command:
    c:\config.sys
    ,
  5. Press ENTER. The Config.sys file opens.
  6. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    device=c:\dos\cdrom.sys /d:idecd001
  7. Press ALT-F, and then press S to save the file.
  8. Press ALT-F, and then press X to exit the Edit program.
  9. Restart the virtual machine.

MORE INFORMATION

For help with CD or DVD drive problems in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft web page:
Fix problems in which your CD or DVD drive cannot read or write media in Windows

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Article ID: 825426 - Last Review: September 10, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac Version 6.1
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