Linux won't recognize my CD-ROM (nec cdr-260)

Linux won't recognize my CD-ROM (nec cdr-260)

Post by Bill Grunfelde » Thu, 03 Nov 1994 09:16:10



OK guys, the subject basically gives you my problem, but let me give you
a little more information.

Gateway 2000
P5-60 (60 MHz Pentium processor)
16MB RAM
Western Digital 730MB IDE Hard Drive (I had problems with this too, but
    with a little searching and reading, got it to work!)
NEC CDR-260 2X IDE CD-ROM

I'm trying to install Linux from CD-ROM.  The CD-ROM i purchased is the
Toolkit for Linux (Walnut Creek CDROM) [2 disc set].

Since the "Toolkit" did not have a 'bootdisk' for the nec cdr-260, I
traveled to sunsite.unc.edu and pulled nec260.gz from the directory,
/pub/Linux/distributions/slackware/bootdsks.144.  I figured that would
do it, but it did not -- still no luck.

I can only boot from the boot/root disks I created, since nothing can be
installed without being able to recognize the CD-ROM.

I'm hoping (praying!!) someone out there can help me.  Please don't tell
me to rtfm, faq's or how-to's...I've been reading comp.os.linux.help,
alt.os.linux, comp.os.linux.announce, plus other assorted *nix related
newsgroups for some time now.  I've read the "Linux Installation Howto",
the "Slackware FAQ", the "CD-ROM Howto", the FAQ posted here on
comp.os.linux.help, along with many other "help" files.

Thanks for all anticipated help,

...Bill
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Linux won't recognize my CD-ROM (nec cdr-260)

Post by Mark Lo » Fri, 04 Nov 1994 02:53:31


<Since the "Toolkit" did not have a 'bootdisk' for the nec cdr-260, I
<traveled to sunsite.unc.edu and pulled nec260.gz from the directory,
</pub/Linux/distributions/slackware/bootdsks.144.  I figured that would
<do it, but it did not -- still no luck.
<
<I can only boot from the boot/root disks I created, since nothing can be
<installed without being able to recognize the CD-ROM.

The nec-260 CD driver is not yet part of standard kernels or bootdisks,
so you are out of luck for another week or two.  Try again then.

The upcoming ide-2.0.patch.??.gz (E)IDE device driver release
will include transparent support for the nec260.  Once it comes out,
you'll need to find a friend to build it into a kernel for you,
and then to make a slackware bootdisk with that kernel on it.

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Linux won't recognize my CD-ROM (nec cdr-260)

Post by randy selzl » Fri, 04 Nov 1994 04:38:06




><Since the "Toolkit" did not have a 'bootdisk' for the nec cdr-260, I
><traveled to sunsite.unc.edu and pulled nec260.gz from the directory,
></pub/Linux/distributions/slackware/bootdsks.144.  I figured that would
><do it, but it did not -- still no luck.
><
><I can only boot from the boot/root disks I created, since nothing can be
><installed without being able to recognize the CD-ROM.

>The nec-260 CD driver is not yet part of standard kernels or bootdisks,
>so you are out of luck for another week or two.  Try again then.

>The upcoming ide-2.0.patch.??.gz (E)IDE device driver release
>will include transparent support for the nec260.  Once it comes out,
>you'll need to find a friend to build it into a kernel for you,
>and then to make a slackware bootdisk with that kernel on it.

>--


Bill, I had the same problem with this catch-22... You can't get there from
here using someone's CDROM distribution for the initial installation (newbie
IMHO)...  I wasted 2 *LONG* and *HARD* weeks trying, thinking CDROM
installation would make it easy, instead it caused much grief :v(

MY SOLUTION... I bought 20, 1.44 floppies, and downloaded disk sets a, ap, d,
rawrite.exe, root and boot floppy images, all from ftp.cdrom.com (slackware's
home)... it only toke an hour or two... and then followed the instructions.
AND IT WORKS GREAT !!! installation was smooth, I rebuilt the kernel with
my CDROM, and everything works...  I'm not using the CDROM distribution, its
a month+ old now, and invokes painful memories... the floppy install isn't
hard and I have the current net versions of X, ppp, games, etc.

By the way, I have a new GW2K P5-60, 8mb, two 540mb HD on primary IDE, NEC-260
CDROM on secondary IDE, 1.44 fd, SB audio, 17" 1776LE with Cirrus 5434 video, ... about like your system.

Good Luck, keep the faith... the rewards are worth it!!!
Randy
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1. NEC CDR-260 CD-ROM (Gateway IDE CD-ROM)

Has anyone had success with the alpha CDR-260 driver on sunsite?  I
tried patching and compiling on both 1.0.9 and 1.1.18 sources
(slackware) and while both patched and compiled, neither could accesss
the CD.  I tried a cat /dev/idecd (which I created according to the
insructions) and it gave me an I/O error.

If anyone has made this work, please mail me.  (Include kernal
version).  I'll summarize if there is interest.

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