I recently purchased an old 486-based laptop with 8 megabytes of RAM and a
510 megabyte internal hard drive (an AST "PowerExec"), and am trying to
install Linux from the Red Hat (version 5.1) distribution CD-ROMs, via
a MicroSolutions "Backpack" external CD-ROM drive.
I created a boot floppy disk with RAWRITE.EXE.
I encountered no difficulties, until I tried to specify that I would be
installing from the Backpack CD-ROM drive. At this point, I got the
following (rather ominous) message:
"In some cases, the bpcd driver needs to have extra information
to work properly, although it normally works fine without. Would
you like to specify extra options for it or allow the driver to
probe ypir ,acjome fpr the information it needs? Occasionally,
probing will hang a computer, but it should not cause any damage."
Hoping for the best, I allowed the installation software to "Autoprobe"
for the Backpack CD-ROM drive. Unfortunately, I got the following (even
more discouraging) message:
"I can't find the device anywhere on your system."
Discouraged, but not defeated, I went back, and chose "Specify options"
instead of "Autoprobe," and got this (in a dialog box entitled "Module
"Module Options: _____________"
I checked the CD-ROM "HOWTO," and found nothing that looked like the
solution to this problem. I also looked in the books I had on hand
("Running Linux, 2nd Edition" and "Linux Unleashed, 3rd Edition"), and
found nothing there, either (but I'm not particularly surprised, since
both were fairly general guides, and this looks like a pretty picky
I have no reason to believe there is anything wrong with the CD-ROM drive
hardware itself -- it works quite nicely under MS-DOS and Windows 3.1
(indeed, that is how I got RAWRITE.EXE and the boot disk image).
Does anyone know how to get Red Hat to locate and recognize my
BackPack CD-ROM drive? What have I done wrong, or failed to do?
- J. Raynor