I am not new to Linux, in fact, I just digged up my 1993 AmeriTech CD with Linux 0.99, but I have started with it again after that many years.
Got a distribution RH 7.0, but I am using my PC for imaging, so it's got to support :
-an ethernet 3com 509
-HP photosmart scanner.
Ok, here goes the woes... I installed the pure 7.0 distribution (kernel 2.2.16), and I got my HP photosmart scanner to work ok, but NO network card, eth0 not loaded. I tried to recompile the kernel with support for eth0, but the RH distribution just doesn't compile
Given I heard from the author of SANdisk support he recommends kernel 2.4.5 I installed this one... Wow!!
I did a make xconfig, next make dep, next make clean, next make bzImage, first gently, only support for Adaptec. Booted nicely (kernel is in /boot).
Next I added support in kernel for vfat and fat, to be able to read my SANdisk drive and my Win98 filesystems... doesn't work at all anymore...
Got the message "ran out of input data", kernel halted.
Leaving out the dos for a while, and including Generic SCSI for my scanner let's the system boot, but hangs on mounting the root file system...
Help ? Anyone? Please