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Old 01-31-2005, 12:28 PM   #1
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Question Toshiba XM-5302TA and Mandrake 10.1 - additional drivers

Dear All,

I tried to install Mandrake 10.1 Discovery on an old, very old indeed, PC.

The old timer only boots from floppy, consequently I created a Mandrake boot floppy with raw-write.

After the boot I got the message - no CD-ROM. The AMI- bios finds the hard drives and the Toshiba XM-5302TA CD-ROM. Mandrake probably finds the hard drives (two old Quantum fireballs) but not the CD_ROM.

The Mandrake 10.1 installation requested for - additional drivers floppy - which I do not have.

I borrowed RedHat 5.2 distribution. New boot disk and the the CD-ROM was there.

Obviously the RedHat 5.2 distribution has what is needed for XM-5302TA.

How can I get the drivers(?) from RedHat 5.2 to a floppy that Mandrake 10.1 treats as - additional drivers floppy? Is the problem the CD-ROM or old IDE-controller?

Please - I know nothing about computers and/or Linux! At least the Linux kernel of Mandrake distribution is of more recent date.

Old 02-14-2005, 03:45 AM   #2
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Unhappy An older kernel without new features?

Hello Everybody,

After one more week of reading, no replies to my earlier post.

I'm today using 2.4 Mandrake kernel to boot. 2.6 kernel and my Mandrake 10.1 Discovery distribution seem to have an unexpected feature that causes that the drive Toshiba XM-5302TA is not detected.

What makes me unhappy is that the 2.4 kernel boot images on my 10.1 Mandrake Discovery distribution are corrupted. (CRC error - I suppose that the error message means error in Continuous Redundancy Check).

I however found the .img as file from Sunet mirror and the floppy is ok this time. Now the CD-ROM is there as it should. I presume that I someday can switch to some later, coming version, where the unexpected feature is not present any more.

I however have found a new problem Mandrake 10.1 Discovery does not find the mouse on my system. The mouse is a three button old Logitech and it is connected to serial port (COM 1). The Red Hat 5.2 installation package finds the mouse, somehow even if the AMI BIOS is not aware of the existence of the mouse.

Somebody who has a hint where to start reading?

Yours very truly,


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