Reveal 4XCD-ROM & Slackware 2.3 CD-ROM Install

Reveal 4XCD-ROM & Slackware 2.3 CD-ROM Install

Post by Dennis Lovela » Sun, 05 Nov 1995 04:00:00

I have a Reveal brand CDROM (IDE/ATAPI) that I would like to use for a
new (first ever) install of Linux.  The CD-ROM works fine under DOS.
I have configured the drive as the slave on the first (only) IDE
controller in the system.  It is identified by Linux at startup time
(dev/hdb).  Sometimes (in setup, using IDECD boot image) when I do
autoscan for the device, it is found; other times it is not. From
Source menu, I select <I>nstall from CDROM, then <7> Most
IDE-interface CD drives. When I select <S>lackware, some messages
appear on the screen, then the ERROR: DIRECTORY NOT FOUND message
occurs (The Slackware directory could not be found. You'll have to
reconfigure your source media before you can install). This is
invariably followed by MOUNT errors, until I end setup and start it

How can I:
  o Determine what the real problem is?
  o Find more information on installation from ATAPI drive (I'm a
    newbie, and am very lost)
  o Pause the screen when messages appear

I appreciate any advice.  If you wish to e-mail me directly (which I


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Reveal 4XCD-ROM & Slackware 2.3 CD-ROM Install

Post by Dennis Lovela » Tue, 07 Nov 1995 04:00:00

First of all, "thank you" to those who responded to my first msg
regarding the Reveal ATAPI CD-ROM problems that I am having. I am
now able to find error messages realted to the drive, but cannot
interpret them.  Below, I have the startup log from a boot of the
freshly installed Linux. I have not trimmed it, since I am not yet
knowledgeable enough to know what might be important in resolving
this problem.  The problem seems (to me) to be identified by the
message which reads:
    mount: wrong fs type, /dev/hdb already mounted, /cdrom busy,
           or other error
but I cannot figure out its cause. I would appreciate it if
someone with more experience would share their ideas on this.

I have done nothing to the configuration to correct this, since I am
starting from ground zero... haven't even learned how to edit files
under Linux yet.  Am I in deep doo-doo?

Thanks a lot.  My E-Mail address is:

Startup log:

Uncompressing Linus...Large kernel, now 1M tight...done.
Now booting the kernel
Console: colour ETA+ 80x25, 1 virtual console (max 63)
Calibrating delay loop.. ok - 16.77 BogoMips
Serial driver version 4.11 with no serial options enabled
tty00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16450
tty01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16450
lp1 at 0x0378, using polling driver
ftape: allocated 3 buffers aligned at: 00200000
hda: ST31220A, 1033MB w/256KB Cache, LBA, CHS=2099/16/63, MaxMult=32
hdb: GCD-R540, ATAPI, CDROM drive
ide0: primary interface on irq 14
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a 8272A
Memory: 6676k/8192k available (820k kernel code, 384k reserved, 312k
This processor honours the WP bit even when in supervisor mode. Good.
Swansea University Computer Society NET3.019
Swansea University Computer Society TCP/IP for NET3.019
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP
PPP: version 0.2.7 (4 channels) NEW_TTY_DRIVERS OPTIMIZE_FLAGS
TCP compression code copyright 1989 Regents of the University of
PPP line discipline registered.
SLIP: version 0.8.3-NET3.019-NEWTTY (4 channels) (6 bit encapsulation
CSLIP: code copyright 1989 Regents of the University of California
eth0: 3c509 at 0x300 tag 1, BNC port, address 00 20 af dc b4 18, IRQ

Checking 386/387 coupling.. Ok, fpu using exception 16 error
Checking 'hlt' instruction... Ok.

13:10:10 CD
T 1995
Partition check:
  hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly
Nov  5 17:33:48 init[11]: version 2.4 booting
Adding Swap: 24692k swap-space
/etc/rc.d/rc.S: Testing filesystem status: Read-only file system
Parallelizing fsck version 0.5b (14-Feb-95)
/dev/hda3 is clean, no check.
Remounting root device with read-write enabled.
/dev/hda1 on /dosc type msdos (rw)
Max size:321935   Log zone size:2048
First datazone:76   Root inode number 155648
ISO9660 Extensions: RRIB_1991A
/dev/hdb on /cdrom type iso9660 (ro)
mount: wrong fs type, /dev/hdb already mounted, /cdrom busy, or other
none on /proc type proc (rw)
Nov  5 22:33:54 init[1]: Entering runlevel: 5
Going multiuser...
el3_interrupt(): irq 10 for unknown device
Mounting remote file systems...
Starting daemons: syslogd klogd portmap inetd lpd mountd nfsd
Starting sendmail daemon (/usr/sbin/sendmail -bd -q 15m)...
Running gpm...

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Reveal 4XCD-ROM & Slackware 2.3 CD-ROM Install

Post by Nicholas Komarnitz » Wed, 15 Nov 1995 04:00:00

If you have any information on the linux installation useing
the Reveal 4XCD-ROM model # GCD-R540B would you please let me
know.... i cant seem to get the damm thing to read for the cd...It
see's it ..but can read to it keeps trying to 320 b.a.
and 10 irq  but fails miserablely.....i would owe you  a grave
Debt of Honor if you could help solve my quest for further

to the rest of you have trouble ...drop me i line ,and
i can tell you what not to do..............


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