I've heard rumors that there are gotchas involved with installing
Linux in these two situations:
(a) installing from a SCSI CD ROM when (E?)IDE drives are also present
(b) installing from / detecting SCSI host adapters with active BIOSes
I'm going to be installing Red Hat 2.1 as soon as it arrives, so my
question really is about whether or not Red Hat has these problems,
but the few postings I saw (from some time in late February) mentioned
difficulties with the standard kernel detecting SCSI adapters with BIOSes.
My system is a 486 with 2 IDE (*not* EIDE) drives and a 2.1 GB Fast SCSI-II
drive hosted on an Adaptec 1542CF using the adapter BIOS. I also have a
Toshiba 4X CD-ROM hosted on the 1542CF.
I plan to dedicate the majority of the 2.1GB disk to Linux, but I will
keep part of it as a FAT partition. I will mount my DOS partitions so I
can access them from Linux (possibly as RO).
Are there any special steps I should take before or during my install?
For example, would it be a Good Thing if I turned off the Adaptec BIOS?
If I do this, I don't believe I'll be able to see the SCSI drive from DOS.
One of the postings I saw mentioned something about not being "able to have
2 smart BIOSes present" or something like that.
Also, if I install Linux on a drive other than my boot drive (I boot from
the first IDE drive, and Linux will be on the first [and only] SCSI drive)
can I configure LILO to let me boot either to DOS from the IDE drive or
to Linux from the SCSI drive?
Thanks in advance for any info.
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