My name is Chris and I am new to the forum.
It is really is neat that there are forums like this... Otherwise, I'd never accomplish anything!
Alright, here's my situation.
I have been working on a project to restore a older laptop (Toshiba Tecra 740CDT) to its former glory by installing Linux on it.
The hard drive was wiped clean about a year ago, and I just pulled it out of storage. The laptop's bios does not allow boot to usb or cd.
My only option that I could think of was to use a bootable floppy distro of linux, I went with the only thing I could find that would work, Basic Linux 3.5, which fits on two 1.4MB floppy disks and runs off of the laptop's ram.
Accomplishing the task of installing Basic Linux 3.5 was a challenge for me, but I did it, and Basic Linux is up and running, working great.
Now... for the next step in my project...
Of course, Basic Linux is not what I want to keep. the reason I installed it was so I could mount my CD-ROM so I could install a better distro, I've decided on xubuntu, since I have ubuntu experience, and it should run nicely on the older laptop.
now, my problem is with the CD-ROM (? fstab?) Basic Linux recognizes my CD-ROM, but when I try to mount, I get this--
/<#>mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
mount: Mounting /dev/cdrom on /mnt/cdrom failed: No such device
I found out, through google, and the linuxquestion's wiki, that I need to do something with fstab. I can't figure out how to edit or access fstab. I know where it is, /etc/vfstab but I can't cd to it... which makes me think it is a file, not a folder, and I have no clue how to edit a file in the terminal.
I also tried the following:
And I get a whole lot of information, which I don't want to write down unless necessary. The main peice of info that I think is relevant is
hdc: TOSHIBA CD-ROM XM-1202B, ATAPI CDROM drive
SO, what I THINK I need to do is edit the fstab to include my cd-rom--
/dev/cdrom /cdrom iso9660 ro,user,noauto 0 0
The above is also from the linuxquestions wiki.
Is this correct?
If so, how the heck do I access the fstab file?
Thanks so much,