readme.txt Driver File Contents (pcgacd51_dos_working.zip)

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Here is what I did to get a Sony Vaio PCGA-CD51 external 16x PCMCIA CD-Drive 
to work under DOS (on a Toshiba Satellite 1640CDT).

****THIS WILL NOT WORK UNLESS THE MODIFIED CONFIG.SYS FILE HAS BEEN PUT 
ONTO THE FLOPPY!****

You may need to go into Explorer>>tools>>folder options and enable viewing 
of 'hidden files' and 'system files' to see CONFIG.SYS. If you are having
problems rename CONFIG.SY_ so it overwrites the non-modified file.

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1. Take a blank/error-free 1.44MB floppy disc and make it bootable. 

To do this--In Windows 9x format a floppy using the 'format a: /s' command 
in start>>run, or in XP in 'my computer' right click on 'A:' and go to 
'format' then 'create MS-DOS boot disk'.

Then extract the 'pcgacd51_dos_working' folder to the floppy. (remember to 
extract the files and not the folder to A:\ for example, so it's
 A:\FDISK and not A:\pcga-cd51boot\FDISK etc). 

PLEASE NOTE: ENSURE CONFIG.SYS HAS BEEN COPIED TO THE FLOPPY DISK 
AFTER MAKING IT BOOTABLE - CLICK 'YES TO ALL' TO OVERWRITE ALL FILES 
ON THE FLOPPY. 

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2. Make your notebook boot from FLOPPY (you may need to go into your 
BIOS/setup and in the 'boot chain' set FLOPPY to 1st boot device).

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3. The floppy disc should now be bootable. Restart your system with the 
floppy in the drive.

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4. When asked, hit option '1' to 'start computer with CD-ROM support'. 
A couple of warnings may appear but ignore them.

CONFIG.sys then routes DOS a path to the PCGA-CD51 drivers [va16cd.sys, 
va16365.sys and va16cli.sys] - DOS should then look for the drive and 
hopefully it will show some sign of life.

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5. IF the drive is recognised it will be assigned path D: or E: 
(so if you want to run Windows 98 setup type D:\setup with the CD in the drive). 

Type D:\DIR to see a list of the files in the CD.

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6. Good luck!


PS. This worked for me, as I am no expert in DOS please bear this in mind!
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