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Old 09-03-2002, 12:37 AM   #1
awdoyle
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No Plextor PX-6XCS driver - install snag


I have been searching for a driver that will allow me to install Slackware 8.1 on an aging dinosaur at home. I hope to turn it into a single boot file server that I can learn on. It's a home built system, and it came to me with Win98se on it. The only real points of interest are:
2.5 gb Western Digital HD
Pentium 166, 64 mb ram
Plextor PX-6XCS CD-ROM
This CD-Rom is ancient - it's the kind that ejects a container like a floppy, and you open the container and pop the CD into it. As luck would have it, the install doesn't have a driver for the Plextor. The BIOS will configure to boot from CD-ROM, but won't detect the CD (probably for the same reason). So this is a snag in the floppy load. It asks for a driver disk, as none of the (4) available SCSI drivers will initialize the CD-ROM.

I've been doing Googlesearches and glancing over forum archives, and I haven't found anything close yet. I'm also a newbie to Linux and SCSI devices (save mac). Does anyone else have or know where to find a driver, or are there other options?
Thanks in advance; any help is greatly appreciated ;-)

Andrew
 
Old 09-03-2002, 05:49 AM   #2
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Update on the dinosaur:
I downloaded the Slackware generic scsi.c boot disk and the 3 disk text.gz root disk (color.gz failed), then did a rawrite to floppy. On boot, the boot disk loaded, and all 3 text.gz floppies loaded, but the below text followed:
FAT: bogus logical sector size 0
UMSFOS: msdos_read_super failed, mount aborted.
FAT: bogus logical sector size 0
FAT: bogus logical sector size 0
read_super_block: can't find a reiserfs filesystem on (dev 01:00, block 64, size 1024)
read_super_block: can't find a reiserfs filesystem on (dev 01:00, block 64, size 1024)
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 01:00

I've searched enough on the forum to know that the Kernel panic message is ridiculously common, but I am naive enough on shell commands not to have devised a solution. I know it's not hardware or media (yet) - I tried writing and loading the files with a variety of floppies and floppy drives.
Is a Reiserfs file system required? I'm a rank beginner with programming and parameters - are there parameters I can try out at the "boot:" prompt?
Anything you can think of is great ;-)

Andrew
 
  


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