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I have an old computer, a Packard Bell Windows 95. I'm trying to recover it. I have the Master CD and recovery disks but the computer keeps saying that the CD ROM is undetectable when it is connected. I have connected another CD ROM which the computer recognizes but this CD ROM is broken which is why I have a replacement for it. Everything works fine except it won't detect the new CD ROM for recovery. I need help...

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    I have an Atapi cd rom drive and I've just switched the boot to the cd. Now I get OS load in progress then the C: prompt. I also checked to make sure that the new cd rom is the same as the old one from the slave, master switches. It doesn't seem to be reading the master disc.

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You may have to go into the bios to set it to boot from cd before booting from the hard drive. You normally tap F1 or F2 while it boots to enter the bios.
See here
What's more likely is that you don't have drivers installed for the newer cd rom drive. Maybe you can find an older used one that would be detected, just until you get the os working again. See this link and instruction here
You may also wish to consult this link for step by step guide for Windows 95 recovery.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
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Have a look on the back of your new CD ROM drive where the long cable goes next to that is a small piece of plastic check that it is in the same position as the broken CD Rom this selects between slave and master switches hope this helps regards Jim

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