I used to have Slackware 3.0 installed using an old IDE motherboard
with 2 hard drives and a Mitsumi 2X CDROM. I had no trouble installing
LINUX at that time (relatively speaking). I recently did some hardware
upgrading adding a motherboard with EIDE, upgrading one of my hard
drives to 2.5GB. and bought a Creative Soundblaster (16bit) and
Creative 8X CD to replace my Mitsumi. Because of anticipated
problems moving data from my old to new hard drives, I deleted LINUX
from my system with the intent to re-install from my newly acquired
Slackware 96 CD.
My problem is now that I have created boot and ROOT diskettes, I cannot
get LINUX to access my CD. I have tried using the drivers listed for
Creative CD's and that didn't work. After checking Usenet and other
sources, I was led to believe that the higher speed Creative CDROMs
(4X or higher ) use the straighht IDE interface so I tried that also.
Additionally, I read about the CDROM being plugged as slave as mine was
and replugged it to master.
My hardware setup is as follows: harddrive 1 is a 540MB Western
Digital; harddrive 2 is a 2.5GB Wester Digital. both are on primary
IDE. Secondary IDE is empty (I actually have another harddrive but
can't install at this point due to lack of space in my PC case. The
CD is connected to my Soundblaster card. Is this my problem? Is this
the third IDE channel? When I ran setup, I had Linux try to auto-detect
the CDROM and when that faikled, I directed setup to the 3rd and even
the 4th IDE channel. Nothing seemed to work.
One LINUX hacker I know suggested I unplug the CD from the SoundCard
and plug directly into the secondary IDE connector. Will I lose any
capability doing this (I also run DOS/Windows and OS2)?
Any and all help would be appreciated. Reply either to the newsgroup or