Dear Benevolent, Knowledgeable Reader Who can Help Me,
i have tried booting about seven times using a boot disk with idecd
rawritten onto it and then using a root disk with color.gz rawritten onto it.
Before i thought that i needed to use a boot disk with mitsumi rawritten onto
it, which i also tried about four times, but someone told me that Mitsumi is
just a manufacturer and that i shouldn't necessarily be using the mitsumi boot
file. Well, now i'm using the idecd one because it's supposed to work for
"IDE/ATAPI CD-ROM's" according to "Special Edition: Using Linux", and when i
boot DOS it says, on the scrren, "IDE ATAPI CD-ROM driver installed" so i
figure that's the one i should be using.
EVERY TIME i go into setup, the SOURCE option fails to detect my CD-ROM
drive. The setup procedure could not possibly be more straightforward, and yet
it isn't working. Please, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell me what is wrong?!?!
i have also tried booting with the "aidecd" and "bare" boot files
instead. Nothing works. The only clue that my computer has given me is the
line: "ide0: primary interface on IRQ 14" when i use any of these on my boot
disk. i checked System Properties under Win95 and it says that IRQ 14 is
mapped to "Standard IDE/ESDI Hard Disk Controller". Is that good?
The name "ide0" makes it sound like i ought to be able to find the
file "/dev/ide0" in the Linux file hierarchy (i CAN get that far; it's during
the installation that the system complains about not being able to find my
CD-ROM). The file /dev/ide0 is NOT THERE. Is that bad?