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I posted this in Laptop section too, figured I'd stick it in Noobs as well.
Ok, pop CD1 in, tells me to select an install method, select CDROM Drive.... After that a little box pops up and tells me CD ROM wasn't detected and to insert additional drivers floppy, so Ok, I do some reading and RawWrite cdrom.img to a floppy in my A:.. ok, cool..
So thinking its going to work, I pop in the floppy w/ cdrom on it, and click OK for the "Insert Additional Drivers Floppy", another ERROR!
"Floppy is not a Linux ext2 floppy in first floppy drive."
I have no idea what to do now, I've re'written the floppy about 20 times I'd guess... doesnt work... but when I put it in my Windows box, it reads everything on the floppy just fine.........
What is Wrong?
PLEASE HELP!!! lol, I want to get this done, I need a Linux comp for school....
you have to install the dos drivers for your cd-rom device first more than likely you just have your windows drivers installed only, you need drivers that allow your cd-rom to be accessed via a command prompt, now if you can actually locate those drivers... yeah, that needle in the hay stack doesn't seem very difficult to find anymore.
This may seem like a hack job, but I just installed mandrake 10.1 on my presario 2500 last night. I installed windows XP first, cause I'm a noob and still tethered to the MAN, but then I installed mandrake next. If I had wanted to during the install of mandrake I could have erased my windows partition. the cool thing is that having the windoze partition there in the first place would make sure that you have the cdrom drivers.
OK I think I've partially cracked this one. Never mind the floppy or burning alt files business, it won't work. Use the install CD. At the first install press f1 then f2 for expert mode (even if you're not). Select alt1, enter and then install from cd-rom. This has got me round all the problems with no cd-rom device detected and no ext2 floppy in drive on my Toshiba Tecra 750DVD.
I decided I wanted to learn about Linux and decided to convert an old laptop that I no longer use. It is a Toshiba Satellite Pro 420CDS, 16mb or RAM and 750MB HD.
I have been following this discussion with a great deal of interest since I have encountered exactly the same problem i.e. unable to boot from a CD and when I create the floppy image of the CDrom file, I get stuck at the same place. The system is looking for additional drivers.
I have tried most of the suggestions offered here, but still no luck. Did you ever get the matter resolved? Where can one go to find linux CDROM drivers?
I believe it to be a defect in the Mandrake installation, as I have found that RedHat installs fine. You may want to try installing Mandrake 9.2 instead, then try an upgrade to 10. I haven't yet tried the above workaround yet. hth.