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Old 04-26-2003, 08:50 PM   #1
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Debian can't find pcmcia cd-rom

I just installed the first CD's worth of Debian 3.0 on my Toshiba Portege 7020CT laptop. Everything works great, except that, having only the first CD, I don't have X or any version of a desktop. So:

Question 1) This laptop has a pcmcia cd-rom drive. I remembered to build pcmcia support into the kernel, but when the installation finalized it told me that it hadn't detected a need for pcmcia support and asked to uninstall it. I told it no, of course...but now I can't figure out how to make it detect my cd-rom drive. Does anyone know how I can do this?

which leads to...
Question 2) I need to install stuff from at least the second CD in order to get X. I probably can copy the contents of the CD to my hard drive as I did to install the first CD, but I'd really rather not (see question 1). Either way, how do I access it with the intent of installing new packages? I gather that most debian packages aren't .rpms or tar files, and I'm not sure what program the installer ran.

thanks very much,
Old 04-26-2003, 11:25 PM   #2
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I've found a solution to part of the problem - setting the pcmcia (PC) setting in the BIOS to 16-bit/cardbus instead of auto-detect allowed the system to mount the drive on bootup. It mounts the drive as hdc rather than cdrom, by the way, if anyone else is having this same problem.

Now, how should I go about installing X?


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