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Re: [SLE] Install 9.1 on old laptop
  • From: Mike McMullin <mwmcmlln@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 19:36:52 -0400
  • Message-id: <1085269012.4784.2.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, 2004-05-20 at 22:12, Proctor wrote:
> Thanks Mike,
>
>
> Yes, i have loaded the modules for the specific cdrom (mirosolutions
> backpack). The final (i think final) parameter that must be set fails
> however, with the default settings (drive0=0x378). The installer responds
> "failed to mount cdrom" when i attempt to go ahead with the install. Do i
> need to manually mount the cdrom? Do i have to tell the kernel that the
> drive is there? It seems to know, but if i'm missing something, do tell.
> One thing i'm kind of uncertain of is how to use the root prompt to give
> instructions to the kernel. Only some of the commands seem to work, and i'm
> quite unfamiliar with the procedure. For instance "fdisk" returns "not
> found". Attempting to run certain commands that i do find in some of the
> various folders has no effect, or returns "not found". One thing that did
> work was "swapon", thereby enabling me to activate swap for loading of the
> network module. I did, however, need to use a boot disk from another dist
> to create the partition table in order to create a swap partition to
> activate. Is all this normal, or unusual? If it's normal i won't worry too
> much. Should it be this difficult to install on an older machine though? I
> can install windows with a standard dos boot disk without any hassle
> whatsoever. insert bootdisk, fdisk, partition, format, insert cdrom driver
> floppy, load driver, install from cdrom. Very simple. Is it normal for
> linux to be quite a bit more difficult?
>
>
> Can anyone recommend any Good Reference Books for what i am attempting to
> do? Something that explains what is going on, and why we need to make each
> step? So far the manuals i have read on linux's do not touch on any of the
> issues i am experiencing.

As far as I know, once the module is loaded you should be able to
access the CD-Rom. I'm afraid that I cannot be of any great help now.

Mike


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