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did bios replace dos? iv been reading up on older computer setups and see that theres talk about needing to install dos with cdrom support in order to use the cd rom. but nowadays the cdrom just works with no drivers installed. is this because bios now recognizes cdrom for the system from the get go?

probly supernewb question, but im just trying to catch up on the older tech.
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Dos and bios are not the same thing. Bios is used to setup hardware and system settings. Dos was a platform for running software, before windows was avalible. If you used Dos you had to setup drivers for a CDrom to work, where now windows detects it so you dont need to. hope this helps.
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The bios has nothing to do with Dos. Dos is still in Vista, you just don't ever have to really use it. If i read what your asking right. Hope that helps.
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thanks for your replies , i guess what im asking is how come older computers would not recognize cd rom without having to install drivers to do so? and how newer computers dont need that driver?
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BIOS (Basic In /Out System
DOS (Disk Operative System)

DOS is just an OS just like Windows, OSX, Linux

Though DOS was made from a storage company that Bill.G bought.
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Originally Posted by drewfus View Post
thanks for your replies , i guess what im asking is how come older computers would not recognize cd rom without having to install drivers to do so? and how newer computers dont need that driver?
The current operating systems detect and install drivers for you. With Dos everything had to be done manually. Dos simply wasnt able to detect or do things on its own like that. Thats why CD-Roms used to come with floppy disks that had drivers on them.
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post #7 of 17
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but how does the cdrom read the disk if there has been no drivers installed for it. for example , installing xp on a new hhd , u havent installed any drivers but u pop the disk in and it can read it before anything is intalled.
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post #8 of 17
Windows DOES need a driver to use the CD-ROM drive. It just happens to already COME WITH the necessary driver.
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post #9 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by error10 View Post
Windows DOES need a driver to use the CD-ROM drive. It just happens to already COME WITH the necessary driver.
pop the disk in and it can read the cd BEFORE anything is installed from that windows cd.
how?
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post #10 of 17
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ether i asked a question that is now making others wonder also, or im so bumd i cant understand.
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