I remember having that same problem the first time I tried to install
Slackware on my old 486 box.
If I remember the model number of my drive correctly, I believe the CDU33A
isn't a standard IDE drive.
At least, I had it running through some wierd proprietary controller card
that came with the CD-ROM.
I eventually gave up on trying to get it to run and bought a cheap IDE
>I am not really a newbie...just being driven crazy by RH 5.2! As I try
>to install it
>on my good ole trusty 486 with a SoundBlaster 16 (not PNP, it's older
>than that I think), hooked to a SONY CDU33A-C1 CD-ROM, it won't find the
>CD! If I
>tell it to use the SONY CDU33x, it can't find it, yet if I choose the
>SoundBlaster option, it hangs up. Auto-probe won't work. Help??!!?? I
>am a CIS instructor,
>and I teach Unix I and II, and I can't get my own Linux to
>install...this is embarrassing!
>The Mad Dr. G.
>(e-mail would be nice. thanks)