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Old 01-30-2007, 05:24 AM   #1
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I've got Zenwalk 2.8 and two problems.

Ok these are the things I have sorted out on Zenwalk

--- Installation >> I had do install about four times for 'X' to finally work after configuring drivers and not using the recommended 'nv'.

--- Mounting Partitions >> In the installation I told it to mount which partitions where but only root could access this, I have fixed it by editing my fstab.

--- Installed JRE and Flash support.

Now I have two problems which I don't know how to solve:

1. Mounting of CD-ROM 'cdrom0'
2. Installing nVidia drivers for XFX 7600 GT.

Whenever I insert a disk into any of my two cd/dvd drives it is as if nothing happens. What I did with the cdrom case, I tried right clicking and 'mount', that didn't work. So I checked my Ubuntu installation's fstab and added the line >>

/dev/scd0       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto     0       0
Saved, rebooted and yet no luck at all. My Zenwalk fstab said this:

/dev/hdc         /mnt/cdrom       iso9660     noauto,user,ro   0   0
/dev/hdd         /mnt/dvd         iso9660     noauto,user,ro   0   0
About the nVidia drivers, well I went to init 3 after downloading the latest Linux x86 drivers and when trying sh NVIDIA[version].sh I go through the prompts as usual. Then it says no precompiled kernel found and then I say "yes" when it asks me to compile one, this fails and neither was it able to download one. Now I have absolutely no clue of what to do.

I used to do this on SuSE but on SuSE the precompiled kernel could be found from the DVD...and installed by default as an option...

Question is, what do I need to do, do I need to download some kind of kernel and does it need to match mine and how do I go about installing it or etc..

Any help is greatly appreciated!
Old 01-30-2007, 07:57 AM   #2
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1. Try either of these first (with a disc in the drive):
mount /dev/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom0
mount /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom0
What output do you get? If either of those actually mounts the drive, edit your fstab entry accordingly. If neither works, are their outputs alike? What device files do you have under /dev/ that might be cdroms (hdc and hdd are usually cdroms; hda is the primary harddrive, hdb secondary harddrive, hdc primary cd/dvd-rom and hdd secondary cd/dvd-rom, on 'regular' setups).

2. For the driver to work you'll have to have
- a working internet connection on so that the driver thing can actually download something if it needs to
- your kernel headers (or even source code too?) installed, in addition to the kernel itself. Kernel source should be somewhere under /usr/src/linux after you install the package.
Old 01-30-2007, 04:55 PM   #3
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I don't know your "linux level", i'll answer for a someone knowing basic stuffs about Linux inner things ... (especially the udev part)

- why using a 2.8 where 4.2 is out ?
- if it's a fresh install : how did you get that old iso? and (as you shouldn't have mush things on it) stop now, and install a 4.2, you'll same time and avoid tons of problems

- About nv* drivers: you need kernelsources packages for your kernel (it was on netpkg, but now it's for a far new kernel, you'll have to install the new kernel as well)
- About cdrom/fstab: Disks(CD/DVD) are mounted as /mnt/cdrom and /mnt/dvd in ZW, not /media/*. ZW is fully udev, check the udevrules to find "how cdrom is mounted", that's why cdrom are "discovered" each boot. Most important, I'm not sure automount was ok in 2.8, it's far better now (new udevrules, udev daemon, ...) you'll have to install new udev and uwd package (see info for how to have a "ready to be updated" system).

your netpkg mirror list might/will not be ok(uptodate):
- edit /etc/netpkg.conf to use a new mirror
- netpkg netpkg
- netpkg dotnew (replace the old netpkg.conf)
- re-edit /etc/netpkg.conf to remove kernel and kernelsources from black list,
- netpkg kernel (install both)
- install nvidia driver (on a "far from uptodate" system :/)

In any case:
As said when 4.0 was released, we REALLY recommend to do a fresh install (upgrade from < 4.0 to >=4.0 is hell) of the latest (ZW4.2) iso [1] ... (it's only 20 min... )


Last edited by guth; 01-30-2007 at 04:58 PM.
Old 01-31-2007, 04:51 PM   #4
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Reason for me having Zenwalk 2.8 is because I have a 3GB monthly bandwidth allowance and I got 2.8 on a disk for free...Anyway, I like playing around with, especially slackware based, because they give you some sort of experience which is always helpful in the future. So what I do now is basically stick with 1 distro for at least 30 days - - I'm just going through some of them all the time but I make it my mission to stick with it at least 30 days and learn as much as I can within that time

I'll check the cdrom thing once I get it running again thanks

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Old 01-31-2007, 05:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for your help. I have two drives and I had a DVD in my DVD drive and did this:

root[hausen]# mount /dev/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom0
mount: mount point /mnt/cdrom0 does not exist
root[hausen]# mkdir /mnt/cdrom0
root[hausen]# mount /dev/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom0
mount: block device /dev/cdrom0 is write-protected, mounting read-only
root[hausen]# ls /mnt/cdrom0/
Bin  Disk1  autorun.exe  autorun.inf  autorun.ini
I figured that my SONY drive (top one) is /dev/hdc really thanks alot...see now I know for next time

Last edited by netstrider; 01-31-2007 at 06:01 PM.
Old 02-01-2007, 02:24 PM   #6
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default is /mnt/cdrom and /mnt/dvd, that should work too:
mount /mnt/dvd
mount /mnt/cdrom

zenwalk(mount) will look in fstab and will:
mount your hdc to /mnt/dvd
mount your hdd in /mnt/cdrom

P.S. Thank for the infos about 2.8/4.2 i understand your point


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