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Old 05-21-2003, 05:10 PM   #1
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Unhappy Evil CDROM Drive Thwarts Debian Install


I just recently converted to Linux. Because my family does not want Linux on our newer computer, I was forced to install it on an older computer. I will try to post as much of its statistics as I know (if there was a way to get the computer to list this I would much like to know it) :

CPU - 233 Mhz
RAM - ~40MB
HD - 20GB
CD - Creative 24x

In the process of installing Debian Linux, at the section of the install where packages are installed, the cd drive will rev up, and then fade... rev up, and then fade... rev up, and you get the picture. After a while, a message appears on the screen :

hdc: cdrom_decode_status: status=0x51 {DriveReady SeekComplete Error}
hdc: cdrom_decode_status: error=0x34

Forgive me if someone else has answered this question already; I searched for a long time... maybe I just stink at searching...

As another question, I was wondering if I would be able to install any sort of graphical interface with 40MB of RAM and a 500MB swap drive, and if so, which one(s)?

Anyway, thanks for your consideration into my problem.
Old 05-21-2003, 08:23 PM   #2
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that message just means the cdrom drive can't read
the disk. bad disk or bad drive. both will give that error.

any graphical interface will run in that situation. stay
away from kde or gnome if you want speed.
Old 05-22-2003, 07:54 AM   #3
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I have received that error a number of times, and it is usually because I am using cheap a$$ CD blanks to burn my ISOs. Run the checksums, and get some high quality media, and see if that helps.

Old 05-22-2003, 10:38 AM   #4
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You probably have a bad CD-ROM drive.

I'd probably use WindowMaker on that setup. I have WindowMaker on a Pentium 200 running Slack 8.1 at home and it works fairly well (but with 128 MB ram).


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