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Old 02-28-2004, 11:45 AM   #16
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Hi glennc

so try this command with a cd containing data:
mount -t iso9660 /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom
else if it fails again give the output concerning your CDROM drive in /var/log/messages file (grep -A 6 -i samsung /var/log/messages)
Also, what you can try to do is to look in kernel sources : cd /usr/src/linux/drivers/ide
grep SAMSUNG ide-cd.c
what's the output???
which kernel version have you? (uname -a) because until 2.4.22 kernel, the sources contain "SAMSUNG CD-ROM SCR-2432" string to identify your hardware... so it may be a RED-HAT modif'... So if it's the case, you can try to download an official release at and install it instead of your red-hat kernel (don't if you have to do that, I can help you... You'll see it's very easy )
And don't spend money in a new CDROM ... If it has worked one time with an older distro, we should be able to find a solution
About Debian, it's a good distro even for novices... apt features are simple to understand if you don't want to worry with installation issues (but it's not perfect, you can always have problems). The support is really great, you just have to run commands like apt-get upgrade and apt-get update to download latest security/improvements patchs and they are automatically installed... Nonetheless I really prefer LFS, you will have tons of issues with it during installation and also after... but you learn tons of things The only problem with LFS is that you need a good linux background not to be lost
But that's only my opinion... other may tell you that Slack' is better or Mandrake is the top for novices.... The only way to know if the distro will satisfy you is to try it
Old 03-01-2004, 07:07 AM   #17
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Hello Oliv',
I chickened out and purchased a cheap 52X Cdrom drive and reinstalled. It took and mounted correctly. This was before I read your last reply. I was unaware that someone would be kind enough to help a newbie get into the nitty-gritty of Linux. Thanks!!! The next question is how to get my sound card working. It is a onboard card. Kudzu identified 3 variations of the card and during installation it came up with a blue screen to configure or ignore an unknown device. I let it auto configure and found that it was a fourth iteration of the Crystal sound card. When I try to run volume mixer in Gnome I get errors and at shutdown I get errors about device is slot 0 and slot 0 0. BTW I'm running kernel 2.4.0-60. I'd like to upgrade to a newer kernel. Also, if you would, what do I need to reconfigure to boot to the console instead of the Xwindows? I hope you can help, if you are willing. Thanks for your previous kindness. I am running RH9 on a Celeron box on a P2P ethernet 100mbps network with my homebuilt which is running Windows 2000. Luckily Samba had been mentioned and it auto configured to let me us the modem on my Athlon box. I'm concerned that the RH9 up2date network will be my undoing. It located numerous updates to installed packages, but it takes well over an hour to download the first update. I have been unsuccessful in getting even that. It has everything weeks worth of downloads if I could keep a constant connection. Oh well the ramblings of the confused. I depend so much on the kindness of strangers. Take care.
Old 03-01-2004, 07:32 AM   #18
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First: Please never write me so long posts because I am not fluent in English and It will force me to answer a post longer than yours to fully answer to it
Second: If you want do your next reply at my personnal e-mail address (I always answer... sometimes it may take one or two days but you'll have an answer)... this is: olivier.dole at (I write it like that to try to avoid spam)
A quick answer to your post will be: to upgrade your kernel... no problems I can help you, for your sound card, I don't know if I can solve your problem but I can try For that I need to know if You wanna use ALSA or OSS architecture...
To boot without X, 2 solutions... you can type "Ctrl+Alt+F1" (or a F-key between 1 and 6) when you have your gdm (or maybe kdm or xdm) login... Or modify /etc/inittab file... You must have a line like this:
change 5 to 3
But I think that you need the first method and not the second, because with the second X will never start... And with the first you can switch from console to X when you want... and for example, if you crash X, you can switch to console, restart X and reswitch to X


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