I'm having a problem with the Slackware distribution...
My CD-ROM drive (drive E:) is a Mitsumi ATAPI 4x, and it's attached to
its own interface card.
The ATAPI controller card has jumpers for "primary" and "secondary"
channels. The card is currently jumpered to "secondary channel".
The CD-ROM drive itself has jumpers for "master", "slave", and "cable
select". It is currently jumpered to "slave", although it is the
only device* off the ATAPI card.
My hard drives (A: 1280 Quantum Fireball, B: 277 Maxtor) and floppy
drive are all on another IDE controller card. I can't figure out
what the jumpers on that card mean.
The problem I have is that the Linux CDROM HOWTO explicitly states
that a CDROM on its own controller must be jumpered to "master".
If I jumper the ATAPI controller to "primary channel" it causes the
system to lock up on bootup.
If I jumper the CDROM drive to "master", it causes the system to
lock up on bootup, *and* erases the CMOS.
If I leave the settings as they are (which works fine under DOS/WIN)
then the Slackware installation fails because it can't find the CDROM
drive (it's really aggravating, too - because you get all the way
through the setup script, partitioning the hard drives, formatting
file systems, etc, before it tells you that it can't access the CDROM
and you're going to have to abort).
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