The book I purchased is "LINUX Configuration and Installation"
by Patrick Volkerding, Kevin Reichard, and Eric F. Johnson,
First Edition, (c) 1995. A CD is included - Slackware v. 2.3,
Linux Kernal 1.2.8, Xfree86 3.1.1.
I used their FIPS program to create a partition for LINUX -
I created the boot and root disks. I first selected the
bootdisk image "SBPCD" which includes IDE drivers and a
Matsushita CD driver. I do a reset, the computer boots as
normal, displays I have 16 megs of memory, checks the drives
- then it goes back to a:, the same as if I boot off a DOS
floppy, it reads it for about 3 seconds (well, the light is
on for 3 seconds), then does nothing (apparently) forever.
For the heck of it I tried the "MITSUMI" image, which contains
IDE drivers and a Mitsumi CD driver - same results.
I then took all the cards, except the IDE card, out of my pc,
and tried booting with the "BARE" bootdisk image, which only
contains the IDE drivers - same results.
The file I used to copy the images to floppy is called
RAWRITE.EXE, which is included on their CD.
So for now I am stuck, and out of ideas.
Here's my PC configuration:
AMI BIOS v. 2.0, 1993, UC4917-G
16 Meg RAM
535 Meg Hard Drive, CMOS setup is type 47 (user defined), with
1086 cylinders, 16 heads, and 63 sectors.
IDE VESA local bus IDE card, with parallel and serial ports,
the card name is QD6580W/757VL IDE Card, the two main chips
on the card are Winbond W83757AF and W83768F.
Cirrus Logic Local Bus SVGA Video Card w/1 Meg RAM, the model
is VGA-542V, the main chip is CL-GD5426-80QC-B
CD ROM Drive CR-562-J, IBM-PC/AT Interface
16 Bit Sound Card w/CD - REVEAL-SC400 Rev. 4, the main chip is