Originally Posted by pixellany
It seems that if it boots from the CD, then a driver for that drive would not be an issue.
You say you have a SATA HDD also--perhaps that is the issue. RHEL4 is pretty old and conservative, and I'm betting it does not come with a SATA driver. Google using "RHEL4 SATA" gives LOTS of hits--quick look says my guess is right.
Rather than waste time researching this, why not install something more modern?
"Something more modern" apparently is not the answer: I am having
exactly the same problem on Dell Dimension c521, with the
Toshiba-based GDRH10N DVD drive and serial ATA hard disc. The
Dell has the latest BIOS update.
I tried Redhat EL3 and Fedora 4: Same message about "no drivers",
even though the first install CD does allow setting of the language
(locale). None of the 20-odd RHEL3 or 30-odd Fedora4 drivers works.
It seems bizarre that the install could start from the CD-ROM
but could not continue because of missing CD-ROM drivers, so I
think that maybe you are correct that the (ambiguous) message refers
to the HD, not to the CD-ROM.
Also, I can't install from a USB DVD-ROM drive. Apparently, this
loads SCSI HD support which disables access to the nonSCSI HD.
I have the same problem at home, where I am running RH Linux on a
SCSI system: No problem with SCSI HDs, but booting from a SCSI
device means the OS can't find an IDE CD-ROM.
The Dell c521 problem apparently is in the Red Hat drivers, but
the minimal options in the Dell BIOS may be making it worse.
There are numerous serial ATA drivers on the RH CDs, but none
seems to work with this computer.
I have to use RHEL3, because the machines are for electronic
design software, and the sw manufacturers have certified only
this version of Linux. We are considering asking Dell for a refund
or trade-in at this point; but, if anyone knows of drivers that would
work with RHEL3 or Fedora, please let me know.