Installing Debian 2.0; problems finding CD-ROM.

Installing Debian 2.0; problems finding CD-ROM.

Post by Robert T. Sagri » Tue, 19 Jan 1999 04:00:00


I was trying to install Debian 2.0.

The installation was going fine until I got to the
software package installation.

I successfully chose my packages. The installation
program then prompted me for specific block device
for my CD-ROM.

As I don't have my "Practical System Administration Guide"
I can't remember the proper Block device prefix for a

What am I supposed to enter at the command prompt?

I am currently running a Toshiba Satellite Pro 405cs
laptop with an internal CD-ROM. The installation program
found my CD-ROM fine earlier in the installation when it
prompted where it was on the IDE chain.

I think it was the second device as I can't remember the
full installation dexcription. But it was found succesfully
so I know Debian can use my CD-ROM.

Thank you for any help you can give me with regards to this

Robbi Sagris

P.S. Remove the BLAH's if you want to e-mail me the answer


Installing Debian 2.0; problems finding CD-ROM.

Post by J.H.M. Dassen (R » Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:>I was trying to install Debian 2.0.
>As I don't have my "Practical System Administration Guide" I can't remember
>the proper Block device prefix for a regular ATAPI IDE CD-ROM.

First IDE interface; master:    /dev/hda
First IDE interface; slave:     /dev/hdb
Second IDE interface; master:   /dev/hdc
Second IDE interface; slave:    /dev/hdd

(you may want to look at "dmesg" to see how it was identified)

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1. debian install (kernel 2.0 atapi cd-rom irq timeout bug?)

        After installing  a atapi cdr, atapi cdw and an LBA bios and a
eide wd harddrive i was having problems reinstalling debian because the
cdrom would give me these  interrupt  time out  problems when trying to
detect the reader.... after hunting around dejanews (to see if its the
bios, the  drives what?).. i came to the conclusion this is some 2.0
kernel bug that there is/was a patch for.. unfortunately I know of no way
of patching the boot floppy .... The easy way of testing this was just
installing redhat 5.0 which installed fine...(assuming that since its a
new version,then it must have a shiny new kernel :))  I know its kind of
stupid but i *like* debian.. mainly because the installation procedure is
much cooler/easier.. (redhat just so obviously wants you to shell out the
money for the cdrom)  but maybe its worth it to ride the practically
commercialware support/maintenance *shrug*) but.. so my question is how
do i go about making a rescue image w/out a linux box?  would it be
relatively easy to use whatever kernel redhat uses instead the one on
debian's rescue floppy (29 i think) (i have access to nonlinux
machines at school to cross compile w/).. I'm guessing i can cross
compile the kernel source  but how does one make that magical
image file from a dos/windows/solaris machine? Or has someone already done
all of this *hint* *hint* :):) in anycase, any information, recipes and
other random words of wisdom  will be appreciated grapely


        (ps apologies to mr kernel 2.0/debian if this is not really what
the problem is..its the conclusion i came to by taking the lowest energy
path in a manner of speaking (rather than properly working it out))

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