Thanks for the help everyone.  I have done a bit of reading (thus the thread about 2 help sites) and find that my knowledge was incomplete (it is only less incomplete now). 

I see now that there are a number of later drivers which should be used instead of xcdrom.sys.

Bill


On January 18, 2015 at 4:24 PM Rugxulo <rugx...@gmail.com> wrote:


Hi,

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM, wch-tech house-grp.net
<wch-t...@house-grp.net> wrote:
>
> I was wondering if xcdrom.sys is in the freedos installation .iso.
>
> If so, what is the full path to it's location?
>
> If not, I am wondering:
>
> a) just curious, why not?

Don't know, probably nobody needed it badly enough, or nobody thought
to put it there. FD 1.1's .iso was done very quickly by a very small
group (hi, Bernd!).

> b) where are the notes (besides the man page) describing utilization of
> the file and where to get it?
>
> c) is there an "official" copy of the file?
>
> d) where is the "official" repository for the file?

Oops, now I see that you're saying "xcdrom" [sic] and not one of the
various forks. It's a complicated history, but maybe I'm
misremembering.

Jack Ellis originally wrote various "drivers", and XCDROM was one of
them. IIRC, it lacked some special support (SATA? PATA?), so some
outside people forked it and made GCDROM (and XGCDROM).

http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/cdrom/gcdrom/

IIRC, Jack has long since disavowed those old ("buggy") versions, and
nowadays you're pretty much expected to use UIDE (etc).

http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/cdrom/uide/

However, I've not heard from him lately, so I don't know if he's going
to continue developing them or not. Color me pessimistic.

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