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I don't know if you're allowed to have two threads, if not, I am sorry, but I figured that perhaps this is the correct forum for this message. Please don't be mad....
I've got the Slackware 10.1 installer running now... a bunch of text flew by me and I'm suddenly offered to log in as 'root', so I type root and I get a hash prompt. I type fdisk /dev/hda and fdisk says unable to open.
Now, I've got 2 HDs, neither of which is in the motherboard IDE plug. Both are on a Promise Ultra66 PCI card. One 120gig drive on the card's '1' plug and a 10gig on the '2' plug. Googling the problem yielded very little relevant data. I've learned that the PCI card seems to "masquerade as a SCSI device" (which is greek to me). slackbook.org doesn't address this at all. info and man commands are not found, and help gives a short list of commands that doesn't include dmsg or demesg, I forget how to spell it, or any of the ls* series of commands (lspci, lsusb, et cetera). Even the commands less and more are not available to me. I'm stumped. My limited knowledge of linux has been spent.
P.S. It showed me a screen which, I think, wanted "kernel parameters" from me... I kept reading the screenful of info before the "boot: " prompt, and I barely had time to finish reading it before it timed out and send the aforementioned "bunch of text" flying by me.
This may also be relevant, the 120gig HD on the '1' port of the Promise Ultra66 card has one 20GB primary partition for Windoze 98, which is about half of the HD space the system claims that the drive is good for. That's right, the DOS fdisk program that I used to make the 20GB partition says that total disk space is about 48gig, so I was planning on giving Win98 a 20gig partition and give a the rest to Slack with oh, around 600MB for swap (I've got 576MB RAM). I have an Intel Motherboard and a PentiumII 450MHz processor, if that is relevant.
I can't think of any other details that might be relevant, I shall be watching this thread with baited breath
When you're booting your install disk you will probably have to specify a different kernel type other than a standard or vanilla one. You'll probably need to hit something like F1 or ESC to get a kernel listing. At any rate, try out theSCSI kernels to see if that helps.
Thanks for posting, guys. I'm sorry about the panicky nature of the message, I was just frustrated. Turns out the PCI card is a secondary IDE that handles hde - hdh (card has two IDE ports). My HDs were merely hde and hdg.
I feel kinda dumb. Thanks for offering to be helpful, though. You linuxquestions.org ppl are great!