I was asked to install Windows on a laptop - it is a Compaq Armada 1560 Laptop - Pentium 166 mmx, 48 mb RAM.
So first of all i formatted the drive, and tried booting from a custom made utility-cd. Nope, nothing, nada, ok, so i installed basic DOS from a floppy with general cd-rom drivers, okay, so the drive was detected.
I insert Windows cd, and the drive just reads reads and reads when i try to get a listing of the contents (d:\dir). This was a Verbatim cd from around 97-98. I try some other cd-r’s and they also get problems. So i open the cd-rom and use some alcohol to clean the reading laser and i get a little better response, the drive is able to read maybe two out of ten discs.
I insert a pressed disc (those made in factories) and it reads it fine, so i conclude that the cd-rom doesn’t like cdrs.
I’ve tried several brands but haven’t found anything promising and i do not have any other pracitcal means of transferring any thing to that pc so what i am wondering is,
is it then logical to say that some dye colors are more compatible than others - in terms of closer resemblance to pressed discs for reading ?
If so, does anyone have suggestions as to what dye colors i can try and get sucessful results.
If not, what else can i do
Thanx in advance