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Old 09-16-2004, 06:28 AM   #1
katrat87
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Red Hat linux 9 installation with a cd/ floppy shared slot


i have succesfully created a boot floopy wiht which to load the mini linux to install form the cd. but when i restart my computer with the floppy drive in the computer cannot find the cd drive so does not load its driver, so when i am prompted for the local CDROM i take the floppy drive out and insert the cd rom drive it does not work (because the driver hasnt loaded), although i know that it is inserted properly becuase it has power and immediately starts the cd turning. but when i click ok to load from cdrom it says unable to find any devices of the type needed for this installation type.Would ytu like to manually select your driver or use a driver disk?
then when i put in the driver disk (MS DOS CD ROM EXTENSIONS WITH DEVICE DRIVERS) (this disk allows me to install the driver for my cdrom drive in ms dos after i have formatted the hard drive) i have tried copying all of the files from the floppy onto the hard drive and then resarting to see if the syslinus loads but it does not. (as then i could loadform the hard drive and have the cdrom drive in the slot so that the computer loads the driver

i know i have made this very long winded but i am a new linux user after using windows 98 so any feedback would be much appreaciated.

Thank you
 
Old 09-16-2004, 10:00 AM   #2
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try booting straight from the CD. the RH CDs are bootable and will install from CD1.

sorry, but that is the best i can offer. you are trying this on a laptop no?
 
Old 09-16-2004, 12:14 PM   #3
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i have tried putting the cd in and nothing happen
yes i am doing it on a laptop

thank you for the reply though but i will try it again
 
Old 09-16-2004, 12:34 PM   #4
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i have tried putting the cd in and nothing happen
yes i am doing it on a laptop

thank you for the reply though but i will try it again
 
Old 09-16-2004, 02:06 PM   #5
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You might have to enable boot from cd-rom in your bios.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 03:26 PM   #6
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Thumbs up re boot from cd

the choices in bios are:
FDD(which i presume is floppy disk drive)->built in HDD
OR
built in HDD->FDD
OR
FDD->second HDD
OR
Second HDD->FDD

my second harddrive is my cdrom i think as when i boot and go inot bios with the cdrom not in the second hdd does not appear, but when i boot and go to bios with the cdrom in it says second hdd and secondary IDE (170H/IRQ15)

but when i do put it to boot first from the secondary hard drive it still does not load cd
i think......
hang on lets see
nope........... just loads driver and then MS DOS
HELP!
purlease
 
Old 09-16-2004, 04:28 PM   #7
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this is not probably going to help but when u r copying the files from the floppy I take it u r using ms dos command to copy a to c I really don`t know anyway round your problem if u can`t have a floppy drive and your bios won`t boot from a cd drive. Do u have a desktop computer so u can network using windoze and install linux on a partition on your laptop depending on the size of your hdd. Otherwise if u want to experiment u can pick up a cheap desktop for about 30 or less that u can put linux on and network.
 
Old 09-18-2004, 09:58 AM   #8
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Thanks

I just want to say thanks to all of you guys here at linux questions and to say how helpfull you have all been

thanks you guys you rock!
 
Old 11-26-2004, 02:28 PM   #9
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resolved

well finally i have resolved the problem: a BIOS upgrade which allows me to boot from the cd drive!!!! i cant believe i only just thought of it but thought i would post it just incase anyone else had the same problem and needs the solution.
Thank you
kAT
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