Hi everyone...I'm new to the forum so please let me know if this should be in the general DVD recorder forum or a different forum.
I'm trying to get my old dinosaur of a computer (running win98SE) to use my NEC 3520A CD/DVD burner. Below is a description of the setup and everything I've tried that has failed so far (the good folks at PC Perspective referred me over here after several attempts to help):
I have a generic USB 2.0 PCMCIA card with NEC uPD721100 chipset. The card installed without difficulty with some drivers from windows and some from the accompanying CD. My device manager now looks like this, so it seems that it installed properly:
The drive is in a generic enclosure which also has an NEC chipset. The enclosure manual says that the drive must have the jumper set to "master", which it is. The manual says that if USB 2.0 drivers have been properly installed, one only needs to install the USB Mass Storage driver for win98SE. There's a tiny (44k) executable called Necutray.exe on the CD that came with the enclosure (it's identical to the CD that came with the PCMCIA card). I've run the executable and an hourglass appears for a fraction of a second, then nothing happens.
Upon connecting the drive/enclosure to the USB 2.0 port, win98 opens a window that says it's detected a USB 2.0 device and it wants drivers. When I tell it to search for drivers on the CD and on windows update, it finds nothing. When I direct it to the CD, it finds two .inf files (I'm pretty sure that one is the driver for the PCMCIA card, and the other is the USB Mass Storage driver); if I select either one, windows tells me "the specified location does not contain information about your hardware."
So I'm stumped. Someone suggested trying a different device in the enclosure, but I don't have a hard drive or anything, nor do any of my housemates.
When looking to see if others had this problem, I came upon this article: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=9856 in which the author suggests trying these drivers: ftp://www.siig.com/USB2.0_v2.06.exe . I tried those too once I couldn't get the drive working initially. But still no luck.
According to posts at pcper, others have used USB 2.0 drives in 98SE without a problem, so the problem is solvable. Any help would be very greatly appreciated!