Date: Sat Jun 10 1995 - 17:30:26 EDT
>I remember reading somewhere that if Win95 doesn't have a driver for a
>particular device, it will revert to the Win3.1 driver for the device.
>Would doing the install through the device (and thus already making it a
>part of your hardware) force the system to use the old driver??
Not necessarily. I put Win95 on an AT&T Globalyst with some strange kind of
CD-ROM (can't remember exactly what it was). I installed Win95 from the
CD-ROM under DOS. When the machine tried to boot Win95 for the first time,
it would crash. As it turns out, that CD-ROM drive is (at present)
incompatible with the 32-bit file and disk system drivers that come with
Win95. I had to manually tell Win95 not to use the 32-bit drivers (which no
doubt exacts a huge performance hit).
So while it's possible that your experiment could meet with success, it's not
Maybe if someone could inform me (and the rest of the list) of what DOS &
Windows drivers the Panasonic CD-ROM unit uses, we could diagnose the
problem. In my experience peripherals can usually be made to work with Win95
because it's derived in large part from DOS/Win 3.1 (both its blessing and
its curse). As with the aforementioned AT&T Globalyst, it may be necessary
to turn off the 32-bit file and disk system drivers. This would exact such a
perfomance penalty that I doubt it would be worth it, though.
Win95 supports a fair number of PCMCIA SCSI cards straight out of the box,
and I'm sure that these would work fine with an external SCSI CD-ROM drive.
If anyone is really interested I can look up what those cards are and report
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend. It's really nice here in the
Tennessee, where I'm staying until summer school starts back up.
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