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I'm putting Slack 9 on an old PII 350MHz box, and the installation keeps on failing on me.
I get as far as the part where you select the source media (and iso image I downloaded and burned to CD), then it says it's looking for the Slackware media, and then the installation totally hangs the box! (this happens whether I let it automatically find the CD or manually specify that it's it /dev/hdc )
I scolled back through the console log, and this is how the drive initializes -
Is it the ide cable? I'm presuming that since you're specifying hdc that you have your harddrive as 1:master and your cddrive as 2:master. Try swapping the cables over - if it's the cable, you should get harddrive errors. Alternatively, try putting your cddrive as 1:slave - it'll possibly take longer to install, but if it works...
Nope, the CD was secondary master with all jumpers set correctly, put tried cabling it up and changing jumpers to make it primary slave, but still no joy - just does exactly the same (with the same errors as above).
Am still fairly sure that it's not a HW issue though, as I can still install RH8, with no errors at all. But I want Slackware on it instead!!
Does anyone know if theres any CD related parameters that I can pass to the kernel on boot, so that it detects it in a differnet way or something. I'm just guessing now, as I'm kinda out of ideas....
I've had this happen several times on different hardware, it's not distribution specific but rather has to do with the CD drive not liking the CD you burned. Some of the older CD drives and I've found some newer ones in HP E-PCs don't like homemade CDs. Not really much you can do about it other than what you already did.
Yes it is odd, but I would still look at it as a hardware (the CDRom drive). I've had problems with mounting CD and then it refusing to umount (this was on an HP ePC and the mount point wasn't in use), again not distro specific happened under RH, Slack, and Gentoo. How old is the drive? If you have another PC (like an M$ box) swap the CD drives and see if that fixes it.