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Re: [SLE] Big Problem: SuSE 8.0 on a Sony Vaio and all machine with USB floppys
  • From: Al Sutton <al@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 07:51:38 +0100
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Thanks for the info. The way youi describe (copying the CD to the Hard disk)
was the way I installed 7.3, the problem with 8.0 is you need to use two
floppy disks before it asks you the install source :(.


On Sunday 21 April 2002 00:21, Art Fore wrote:
> I just had the same type problem with a Sony Vaio where the harddisk had
> been wiped clean and had to install Win98 for my Sister. I ended up taking
> the harddisk out, put it in a Pyro 2.5 inch drive kit and copying the Win98
> CDROM with my desktop computer. I needed some other files later and Win98
> will not even recognize that the Floppy has a disk in it until I get a
> recovery disk from Sony, although I can still boot on a win98 setup floppy.
> (This makes absolutely no sense to me, but that is the way it is) I used
> PCsync and connected my desktop to the Sony via serial cable, the same as
> for PCAnywhere, and copied the files this way. You might check if Linux has
> anything equivalent or if you have a dual boot system, copy the cds to the
> hardisk, then install from there. Serial port is slow, but if the USB is
> working, you can also do the same trick with USB. (again, have to wait for
> the recovery disk from Sony before I can do that with my machine). You can
> delete the cds after installation then to get your harddisk space back. Of
> course, this assumes you have access to another computer.
> Hope this gives you some ideas.
> Art
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Al Sutton [mailto:al@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2002 12:52 PM
> To: suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxx
> Subject: [SLE] Big Problem: SuSE 8.0 on a Sony Vaio and all machine with
> USB floppys
> Guys,
> I think I've spotted a bit problem with SuSE Linux 8.0 that will affect
> all
> machines which have USB floppy and/or CD drives.
> I've already installed 7.3 onto my Sony Vaio which has no built-in
> floppy or
> CD drive, and relys on a USB floppy and/or CD drive to access floppy
> disks or
> 7.3 only required one disk to start the install, which can be used
> because the
> booting of the first disk uses the BIOS interrupts which work without a
> problem because the Sony BIOS maps the USB drive into the normal BIOS
> interrupts.
> 8.0 requires two disks, the first disk boots the kernel, and then uses
> the
> kernel to read the second disk (modules disk 1). The problem is that
> modules
> disk 1 contains the USB drivers and so the kernel can't read the floppy
> disk.
> This means I now have a SuSE 7.3 laptop with no way of upgrading it to
> 8.0.
> I'd appreciate any comments, but if I can't find a way of doing it I'll
> need
> to switch to RedHat 7.3 in order to get KDE 3.0.
> Please help.
> Al.

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