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Old 10-19-2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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Unhappy SUSE 9.3 installation problems


After building a new PC specifically for the purpose of installing SUSE linux 9.3 I now find it doesn't recognise my Sony RAM drive. Is this a problem with Linux? The message indicates the CD or DVD is not in the drive! I have since given up and tried a Windows XP installation which went without a hitch but I would prefer to give SUSE a try. Any views on this?
 
Old 10-19-2006, 07:16 PM   #2
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Try a newer version of SuSE. It's possible that 9.3 doesn't have a driver for you controller.

When I installed Debian on my newly built box (which uses SATA for hard drives), I had to use libata.atapi_enabled=1 at the installer boot: prompt or it wouldn't recognize my CD-rom either.
 
Old 10-20-2006, 02:04 AM   #3
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So, do I bin the older version? This is the first time I've had the opportunity to try it!
 
Old 10-20-2006, 09:55 AM   #4
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No - you don't have to bin the 9.3. In fact, 9.3 boxed version was the last SUSE that I consider fully industrial qualified. Since it became OpenSUSE, the 10.0 SUSE (slick) SUPER 10 and all variants up to the present 10.2 had a problem with YAST and YUM updating. I understand these have been resolved with the latest 10.2.
As far as I know, if a Linux system can do RAM drives at all, it can be done in SUSE. It may require the right kernel module or command to show up as a device in /dev, and indeed most RAM disk hardware is made to appear to a system as if it is a regular drive. You might only need to mount it, partition it, put a filesystem on it, etc.
 
Old 10-20-2006, 10:37 AM   #5
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OK, so if I'm not mistaken, when SUSE Linux 9.3 starts to install it should see the DVD RAM drive as an ATAPI drive, am I right? If so, why does a message keep prompting me to place the CD/DVD in the drive when it is already there?
 
  


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