I've recently install LINUX on a Packard Bell 486/dx2-66. I have 8megs, Cirrus 5428 chipset, SB16/Panasonic CR-563 CD, 1 Gig Seagate ST31020 HD.
Having installed it and reading through tons of Info-FAQ-HOW_TO's, I've gotten to this point:
I tried the bare and sbpcd bootdisk, and the color144 and umsdos rootdisk.
It's installed now, using the sbpcd(BD)-umsdos(RD) combo. If I try to boot with Loadlinx or the bootdisk made after the install, I get major malfunctions when
it hits the Gig drive,
"VFS: unable to mount root"
/dev/hda2 is my dos/linux partition, and /dev/hda5 is the D: drive on the extended partition. I can use the sbpcd bootdisk and give it:
boot: mount hd=2099,16,63
it boots into linux, but still throws a fit, so I use
boot: mount root=/dev/hda2 hd=2099,16,63
and it goes in, but several places say that theres a problem, "hda2 not recognized", "unable to continue", but then I get the "Login:" prompt and am able
to get into the system. I set up /dev/hda5 as /dosd on the linux install, and am able to get into it. There is also a /DOS that is the (DOS) root of drive C:.
I've read and hunted, and I understand that from the docs (install) that umsdos is not that well supported (even as far as LINUX itself is unique), but there
has to be a way for me to use a boot floppy that has the "hd=2099,16,63" parameter included so that it can boot fine.
I hope that's enough system info to go on, this is the only problem that I have now, the boot sequence, once I get in all is well and fine. I just started with
LINUX 5 days ago and have spent most of it reading everything on the net. Any assistance in this this is greatly appreciated.
BTW: THIS IS THE MOST INCREDIBLE FREEWARE SOFTWARE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!!! GREAT JOB GUYS!!!
Glenn the confused (as all newbies are :)