I am trying to install Linux 1.2.13 (from the Redhat 2.0 kit) on a
client's machine. The PC is a Dell Dimension with a Pentium, which
Linux detected was one of the FDIV be-bugged chips. However, I have
encountered a few real problems. Whilst I can boot the machine with a
ready-built kernel some of the hardware is not found. I deliberately
choose an image that supports Adaptec SCSI controllers (the machine
has an Adaptec 154x card installed) but when it boots it says "scsi: 0
hosts" and "scsi: total 0 detected". :-( If I force LILO to find the
154x at the known address then the kernel "panics"---much to the
amu*t of the client's representative.
As a consequence I cannot install Linux on the SyQuest drive that is
* off the SCSI card. :-( Although this SyQuest drive only holds
an 88Mb cartridge that will suffice for the purpose of being Web and
Has anyone seen this (non-)behaviour before? If so, how did you fix
I'm prepared to install Linux 2.0.x if that should prove necessary but
I happened to have a spare set of RedHat 2.0 CD-ROMs to hand. Anyway
the machine is intended to run a "production" service so I would
prefer to run it with a kernel that is really stable. This is as much
a sell Linux exercise as it is establishing the service.
It is very likely that we'll have to use 2.0.x anyway because of the
ethernet card installed---Digital Etherworks 3---for which there are
no ready-built images or drivers on any of the CDs I have to hand. I
would like to be able to get Linux running without resorting to FTPing
everything over the net.