Backround info is in the end, here are the questions:
1. Can anyone confirm that Panasonic CR-572-B double speed CD drive
works with newer versions of Linux, and works fully so that even
installation diskettes can read from this drive?
2. Where do I find a working set of Boot/Root diskettes for some Linux
distribution for Panasonic CR-572-B double speed CD-ROM drive?
Distributions can be Slackware, Red Hat for example.
3. What IDE ATAPI CD-ROM drives are known to work with Linux
installation diskettes? Preferably cheap double speed drives.
I have experimented installing Slackware (and Red Hat) from August
InfoMacig CD. I have bit of a problem finding a CD-ROM drive that the
installation diskettes can use. All the drives I have tried a supposed
to be IDE ATAPI, but looks like they are only partly. Or then again,
Linux drivers on the installation kernels may be old/only partly ATAPI
- Lion Optics (Philips?) double speed drive is not recognised at all,
either by Slackware or Red Hat installation diskettes.
- Panasonic CR-572-B is recognised by Slackware installation diskette,
and I get as far as installing the A disk set, but after a few
megabytes the drive starts to give only read errors. Red Hat
installation diskette fails to recognise the drive.
- UMAX CD IS201 works flawlessly with Slackware. Only trouble is, this
model is no longer for sale here. It was the cheapest, too :-( .
On the other hand, Red Hat installation diskette failst to recognise
this drive too.
Of course I have tested all the drives under DOS (and/or OS/2 Warp
Connect), and they work and are jumpered correctly as master if I put
them alone on the secondary IDE connector. And I have copied the
IDE/ATAPI installation diskettes from the distributions.
Tapio Lehtonen tel: +358 0 502 7206
Martis Oy fax: +358 0 502 7766
Finland Design Engineer/Unix Support