I hope you can help me. I am trying to boot RedHat 6.1 using a
Microsolutions BackPack "Bantam" parallel CD-ROM and I have tried and
tried and tried, but I cannot get the thing to work. What I am after is
I want to be able to do unattended installs of RH 6.1 using a floppy, a
parallel CD-ROM drive and a RH 6.1 CD.
So far, I've been getting mixed results:
1. attached the parallel CD-ROM drive to a working RH 6.1 system and
installed the RH 6.1 default paride drivers:
At this stage, pcd fails with an error message ('Autoprobe failed')
2. download the latest Backpack Linux drivers from Microsolutions
(http://www.micro-solutions.com) and installed those:
and lo, behold, it finds the CD-ROM drive and everybody is happy. I can
now mount a CD-ROM (mount /dev/pcd0 /mnt/cdrom -r) and everything is
working OK. So far, so good.
3. the next step was to create a boot disk so that I can install
(unattendedly, was the ultimate goal) a PC using just a magic boot
floppy, the parallel CD-ROM drive and a RH 6.1 CD. I downloaded the boot
disk from the paride website (where I got these email addresses) and
tried that. It didn't work, which didn't surprise me, since the
'backpack' driver was missing.
4. Added the 'backpack' driver to the paride-dd.img disk and tried again
(I had to figure out that modules.cgz is modules.cpio.gz and all that
jazz, but eventually I got there). On install ( linux dd ) it asked me
for the driver disk and I inserted it; I selected the 'parallel port
CD-ROM' and I could see that the loader was trying to insmod 'parport',
'paride', 'backpack' and 'pcd' but it would not get beyond the point
the questions I now have are:
1. how do I get beyond this point?
2. why is the 'loader' executable different for a CD-ROM image, a floppy
boot image, a PCMCIA boot image and now again this paride boot image?
3. why is the loader so awfully big?
thanks for any help and/or insights you might be able to give me,
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