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Win98 CD burned on WinXP/Vista?

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January 2, 2013 3:15:52 PM

I'v been having trouble getting CDs burned on a Windows XP/Vista to work on a Win98 computer. On Vista, I burned using a Mastered format. On both systems, I used a CD-R. The problem is that the process works fine--until I access it on the Win98 system. The Win98 computer can't seem to access the CD. I have a few CD-Rs but want to be able to write and re-write to the CD. The only exception is a copy of Win98SE I recently downloaded from the internet--that can work on a CD-R, but I'm unwilling to waste a CD-R unless I'm sure it'll work. Can anybody help me?
January 2, 2013 6:50:57 PM

Are you sure the Win98 CD driver is working? If it is, then it is possible it does not work with modern burned discs. You may need to replace the CD drive with a new one.
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January 3, 2013 12:09:13 PM

PhilFrisbie said:
Are you sure the Win98 CD driver is working? If it is, then it is possible it does not work with modern burned discs. You may need to replace the CD drive with a new one.


The CD drive in question is not working properly, but it can read old CD-ROMs okay--just not well. The CD-RW seems to work on the WinXP CD drive, but I once tried to burn a broken CD and almost lost some information. Also, I can't as of yet replace the CD drive due to lack of finances. :( 
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January 3, 2013 6:15:23 PM

Are you trying to use a CD-R, or a CD-RW on the WIn98 system? That make a huge difference. CD-RWs must be closed, or finalized, before they can be used on another PC, and a PC must have drivers installed to read a CD-RW.
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January 3, 2013 6:20:51 PM

Sounds like a marginal drive. Drives from the Win95-98 era may very well have problems reading CD-R/RW media created on newer drives.
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January 4, 2013 11:54:51 AM

PhilFrisbie said:
Are you trying to use a CD-R, or a CD-RW on the WIn98 system? That make a huge difference. CD-RWs must be closed, or finalized, before they can be used on another PC, and a PC must have drivers installed to read a CD-RW.


I am using a CD-RW. I don't want to waste a CD-R on a one-time transfer. I can use iit for a Win98 system disk, though. I'll check it at my next opportunity.
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January 4, 2013 11:56:36 AM

Where can I find drivers t read a CD-RW on a Win98 PC?
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January 4, 2013 1:47:45 PM

Harry Potter said:
Where can I find drivers t read a CD-RW on a Win98 PC?

It's not the driver, it's the drive. If the drive is old enough it may very well not be able to read -RW media. The only solution in that case is to replace the drive with a more recent model.
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