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                                   MSCDEX
 
Provides access to CD-ROM drives. MSCDEX can be loaded from your
AUTOEXEC.BAT file or from the command prompt. (The device driver that came
with your CD-ROM drive must be loaded from your CONFIG.SYS file. For more
information, see Notes.)
 
The MSCDEX command should not be used after Windows has started.
 
Syntax
 
    MSCDEX /D:driver [/D:driver2... ] [/E] [/K] [/S] [/V] [/L:letter]
    [/M:number]
 
Parameters
 
/D:driver1 [/D:driver2... ]
    Specifies the driver signature of the first CD-ROM device driver. The
    driver1 parameter must match the parameter specified by the /D switch on
    the CONFIG.SYS command that starts the corresponding CD-ROM device
    driver
 
    The MSCDEX command must include at least one /D switch. To install
    additional CD-ROM device drivers, specify an additional /D switch for
    each device driver.
 
/E
    Specifies that the CD-ROM driver be allowed to use expanded memory, if
    available, to store sector buffers.
 
/K
    Specifies that MS-DOS should recognize CD-ROM volumes encoded in Kanji.
    By default, MS-DOS does not recognize Kanji CD-ROM volumes.
 
/S
    Enables sharing of CD-ROM drives on MS-NET or Windows for Workgroups
    servers.
 
/V
    Directs MSCDEX to display memory statistics when it starts.
 
/L:letter
    Specifies the drive letter to assign to the first CD-ROM drive. If you
    have more than one CD-ROM drive, MS-DOS assigns additional CD-ROM drives
    subsequent available drive letters.
 
/M:number
    Specifies the number of sector buffers.
 
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                               MSCDEX--Notes
 
The CD-ROM device driver must be loaded
 
Your CONFIG.SYS file must include a DEVICE or DEVICEHIGH command that loads
the CD-ROM device driver that came with your CD-ROM drive. The CD-ROM
driver's command line should include a /D:drivername parameter. This
parameter assigns a driver name (also called a driver signature) to the
CD-ROM device driver.
 
The MSCDEX command must include a /D:drivername parameter that matches the
/D:drivername parameter on the CD-ROM device driver's command line. MSCDEX
uses the /D:drivername parameter to identify the correct CD-ROM device
driver. The driver name is usually a name similar to MSCD000. Each CD-ROM
device driver currently in use must have a unique driver name.
 
Limit on number of logical drives
 
The number of logical drive letters available on your computer can limit the
number of CD-ROM drives you can have. The number of logical drives is
determined by the LASTDRIVE command in your CONFIG.SYS file. By the time
MSCDEX loads, some of the available drive letters might be used by other
programs, such as a network, DriveSpace, or DoubleSpace.
 
SMARTDrive and MSCDEX
 
If you use SMARTDrive, make sure the MSCDEX command appears before the
SMARTDRV command in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. SMARTDrive can significantly
speed up your CD-ROM drive by read-caching it. By default, when SMARTDrive
loads, it checks for the presence of MSCDEX; if MSCDEX is present, CD-ROM
caching is enabled. For more information, see the <SMARTDRV> command.
 
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                              MSCDEX--Examples
 
Loading and enabling a single CD-ROM device driver
 
This example shows the relevant CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT commands for a
computer with one CD-ROM drive.
 
The CONFIG.SYS file contains the following DEVICE command:
 
    device=c:\devices\cdromdrv.sys /d:mscd000
 
This command loads the device driver CDROMDRV.SYS, which came with the
CD-ROM drive. The AUTOEXEC.BAT file contains the following MSCDEX command:
 
    c:\dos\mscdex /d:mscd000 /l:g
 
This command enables the device driver that has the driver signature
MSCD000. The /E switch specifies that the driver be allowed to use expanded
memory, if available. The /L:G switch assigns the drive letter G to the
CD-ROM drive.
 
Loading and enabling more than one CD-ROM device driver
 
This example shows the relevant CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT commands for a
computer that has two CD-ROM drives from two different manufacturers.
 
The CONFIG.SYS file contains the following DEVICE commands:
 
    device = c:\aspi\aspicd.sys /d:mscd000
    device = c:\cdrom\tslcdr.sys /d:mscd001
 
Each command loads the device driver that came with that CD-ROM drive. The
AUTOEXEC.BAT file contains the following MSCDEX command:
 
    c:\dos\mscdex /d:mscd000 /d:mscd001 /l:j
 
This command enables both device drivers. The first driver has the driver
signature MSCD000; the second has the driver signature MSCD001. The /L:J
switch specifies that the first CD-ROM drive, MSCD000, will be drive J and
the second CD-ROM drive will be drive K.
 
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