Toshiba CD-Rom, Adaptec PCMCIA to SCSI won't work

Toshiba CD-Rom, Adaptec PCMCIA to SCSI won't work

Post by Marcus Gastreic » Tue, 31 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Dear Knowing!

I have a toshiba scsi cdrom (CD400A) connected via an
Adaptec 1460 SlimSCSI to my PCMCIA slot.
When trying to install LinuX I do not succeed
in finding the right device, as that CD-ROM
is not listed. All predefined choices won't work,
but there is an option for manually defining the
device. I do not have any idea of what to choose.
Do you?

Many thanks!


Marcus Gastreich                    Tel.: ++49-228-73-5375
Lehrstuhl f.Theor.Chemie Uni Bonn   Fax.: ++49-228-73-9066

53115 Bonn, Germany       


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