IBM ValuePoint; Slackware 2.3 install failure.

IBM ValuePoint; Slackware 2.3 install failure.

Post by David Bu » Thu, 27 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Hi --

I've been trying to install Linux, Slackware distribution, v.2.3, on
an old IBM PS/Valuepoint 486SX/25 running OS/2 2.1.  The machine has
two Western Dig. hard drives -- the first, a 170 (163) MB, the second
a 340.  Currently, the first partition on the C: (170) drive and the
entire D: drive are OS/2 FAT partitions.  I used OS/2 FDISK to make a
bootable primary partition for Linux following the OS/2 partition on
C: drive, and also created a 20-MB swap partition after it (and ahead
of the OS/2 Boot Mgr partition).  

I'm using the BARE bootdisk and the COLOR144 rootdisk.  

During the hardware check at bootup, Linux recognizes the first drive
(and most or all of the other hardware); it's not at all clear that it
recognizes the second (though this is not crucial, since I don't
intend to use it with Linux).  Then, when it tries to check the
partition information, it produces a long series of errors, most of
which go by too fast to read.  It repeatedly produces a message like,

 hda  DRDY error.  Status 0x00 {}

Two questions:

-- is there any way to pause the messages so that I can read them all?
-- and does anyone know what the problem is?

Thanks in advance --

David Bush


1. Help! Installing Slackware on IBM ValuePoint...

Hello all--

  I'm trying to install Slackware 2.0 on an old IBM ValuePoint. I have read
the INSTALL.TXT file that suggests using the 'scsi' boot-disk and holding
down the left shift key to get a boot menu. Well, I didn't get one; I did,    
howvere, get a 'boot:' prompt. I decided to try something pretty naive, and
added 'mount hd=121,10,17' (my hard-drive has 121 cls., 10 heads, 17 sectors/
track) to the boot prompt before pressing return. Linux seemed to start up
more or less okay; the last message before things go haywaire is one about
ftape allocating some buffers. Then I get something along the lines of
'hda busy' or 'hda timed-out'; the boot process continues, and then I get
a message saying something like 'hda?? error code xff {busy}'; there are a
few more variations on that, and then I get a kernal panic (sorry I'm being
a bit vague, but I left my notes at work...).  Can anyone offer any advice?
I take it I have to type something at the boot prompt?

  I'd appreciate e-mail, since I need this information by 9.00 am (EST) Friday,
and my news software has been acting a bit weird lately...

  Thanks in advance.

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