>I haven't installed Linux yet but I want to address these problems BEFORE
>I have an old 486DX/33 motherboard with 8Mb of RAM, 256K cache. It does
>NOT support large EIDE drives by default. I am running a Western Digital
>1280 Caviar drive on my primary IDE channel. I am using Ontrack Disk
>Mangler^H^H^H^H^H^H^HManager to address the whole drive.
>I have a Reveal 4X E-IDE CD-ROM drive on my secondary IDE channel, set as
>master. No slave drives on either channel. Primary IDE is on my VLB
>IDE/IO card; secondary is on a cheap card that came with the Reveal kit.
>Everything works fine in DOS/Windows.
>I have what I think is the latest version of Slackware on a DOS partition.
>Questions: Will Linux support my 1280 Mb drive without any hacks or
>modifications to ide.c? What drivers do I need for my ATAPI CD-ROM, or
Linux as far as I can remember (note that I have not the problem ... errr
the disk :) Linux can handle EIDE (big) disks without problems.
The only thing is that if you are using LILO, try to have the kernel
file near the start of the disk because at very first boot time BIOS services
are used and the kernel file must be reached by them.
Quote:>are they already there?
Yes ATAPI CDROM driver is in the kernel. Just
make clean && make config && make dep && make zImage
I have a configuration very similar.
I have an old 486/33 (256 cache) with 2 HDs (250 Mb each) on the first IDE (ISA)
interface (Primary address, interrupt 14) and an ATAPI CDROM on the second
IDE (ISA) interface (Secondary address, interrupt 15) set as master.
As a side effect I have 4 COM ports and 2 LPT ports. All with their
interrupts (4 3 2 5 for com ports and polling driver for lpt ports).
The two IDE (ISA) controllers are 10$ each multi I/O that can do the coffee too.
If my configuration works ... any configuration MUST work :))