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Old 12-01-2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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Installation faillure help plz

Have original 5 CD's
This is what happens step by step

CD runs after computer boots up into linux graphic and gives me the I

choose Installation,,
It goes into loading linux kernel installation prog v1.9.10
then a load of txt scrolls up the screen as it goes about finding stuff on the

computer, like load usb drive etc
then comes up with "Make sure that CD number1 is in drive" I press OK
then comes up with "Could not find SuSe Linux Installation CD" Activating manual

Then comes up with Select the language
English UK
then a menu appears
System Information
Kernel Modules
Start Installation or System
Verify Installation CD-ROM ( which comes back "Trying to mount CD-ROM or No CD-ROM

Eject CD
Power Off

When I try "Start Installation or System" just keeps coming back "Cannot mount


type of external CDROM drive interface pc card Sony PCGA-CD51
sony model pcg-5416
Old 12-03-2005, 04:52 PM   #2
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It sounds like the default SuSE installer doesn't have any drivers for your Pc-card based cdrom.

You can try dropping to a terminal (try Ctrl+Alt+F1,f2, f3 or f4) and typing this at the prompt:


look for 'pcmcia'. If it does not list it, the pcmcia (pc card) drivers are not loaded.
You can try loading yourself by typing:

modprobe pcmcia

however, this rarely works because the installer is a very cut down linux system.

If it does work, you will still most likely need to find out what driver your Sony drive uses, I suggest a little googling for your model and a linux driver to find out what the module is called.

If you find out what it is, try modprobing that module too, eg:

modprobe sonycdrom

where sonycdrom is the name of the driver you found.

Then nip back to the installer screen (ctrl+alt+f1 or whatever it's on f1-f12) and try again.

If that fails, perhaps you will have better luck with another system. Try Ubuntu for example - it's got a lot of drivers, but usually SuSE is very good.


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Old 12-03-2005, 07:15 PM   #3
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Hi gnu2tux
Thank you very much for your reponse will try and let know ;-


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