Julian Richardson (JRichardson@softwright.co.uk)
Thu, 25 Mar 1999 12:02:09 -0000
>> You don't say what version of RedHat you are using and whether you
>> are using the official boot disk, or one of mine ...
>It's RedHat 5.1, kernel 2.0.34
>standard bootdisk that comes with the CD (with normal IDE etc. support,
>nothing special about it)
>> If you are installing 5.2, try getting the updated boot disk from
>OK, I'm from a Slackware background (actually SLS originally.. ahh, the days
>or finding 50 or so floppy disks before CD installs came along... ;)
>... can I use a RedHat 5.2 bootdisk but still install from a RedHat 5.1 CD?
>Or have they changed all the install stuff around and things (I notice half
>the file locations seemed to change between an 'old' RedHat 5.1 system and a
>'new' RedHat 5.1 instal - arghhh!)
>>> a) is it 'safe' to autodetect this drive? Or should I
>>> specify manual parameters (in which case, what?)
>> You can specify "verbose=1" to get more detailed output on the
>> ALT-F4 screen.
>thanks - I'll try that...
>>> b) I pulled the case off the backpack drive (out of curiousity;
>>> the drive's on loan and I wondered if I could clone the interface
>>> and build my own using a spare 4x drive) and there's an
>>> empty socket on the interface board that could be for buffer
>>> memory - could the lack of such memory and Linux trying to
>>> drive the CDROM too hard be causing the problem?
>> Nope. More likely just an old (read buggy) driver ...
>I'd be suprised though, the CDs are dated June '98 - surely the backpack
>driver had been around for a while then??
>Trouble is I can't rule out flakey hardware - all of the laptops I have were
>from the 'retired' pile at work, and none have working batteries. I'd expect
>them to have been dumped just because of the older spec and lack of batteries
>(I've run disk and memory checks on them and they all seem OK thankfully) but
>there's no way of knowing... the fact that the CDROM drive works in DOS (I
>know that doesn't always count for much though!) leads me to believe that the
>parallel port is OK though, and I know the backpack drive itself is fine.
>(ps. apologies for any bad text formatting... I'm forced to use Exchange here
>sadly so can't tell what it's doing to my messages...)
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