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Old 05-01-2011, 05:45 AM   #1
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13.37 installer can't see my CD drive

Hi all,

Just downloaded the Slackware 13.37 ISOs and proceded to begin the installation process

However, once the setup program gets to the stage where it looks for the CD drive containing the slackware media, no CD drive is found.

Looking in /dev doesn't seem to yield any results - no hdx, sdx, or srx devices, apart from my hard drives.

When starting, the following kernel messages are printed a number of times:
ata5: link is slow to respond, please be patient (result=0)
ata5: SRST failed (errno=-16)
I have also swapped my CD drive with another one, which yielded the same result.

I am using a fairly recent Asus M2N68-CM motherboard (socket AM2+) - it only has one IDE channel, with my CD drive as slave and my hard drive as master.

I am coming from Slackware 12.2 which worked like a charm

Any ideas?
Old 05-01-2011, 05:51 AM   #2
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Checked the CD-rom disk?

I to have had problems in the past with burned iso's. I'm very happy with the PXE option which AlienBob backed for us (and is included on the install disk, but you do need a spare computer to use it.

Did you check the ISO file ( MD5 ) before burning, and did you check the disk itself afterwards?

Or offcourse, use the loop-back device.//(8)\\

(yeah, that'll help)
Old 05-01-2011, 06:10 AM   #3
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Are you using Cable-Select to jumper the drives? Sometimes I have found that setting Master and Slave explicitly helps. This was especially true of Western Digital disks. Try different combinations of jumper settings: Master and Slave; Cable Select and Slave; Master and Cable Select; Cable Select for both.
Old 05-01-2011, 05:52 PM   #4
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It could also be the CDROM / BIOS block size boot bug. (heh. that just sounds funny.)

Here's a thread with the problem and solution. Be sure to read post #10, which has a correction to the solution.
Old 05-23-2011, 02:18 AM   #5
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The same problem as forrest44 - when setup program gets to the stage where it looks for the CD drive containing the slackware media, no CD drive is found.. So I installed Slack via FTP without any problem, but when system start, there's no any optical drive on my system. In dmesg nothing about CD/DVD-ROM.. I had the same problem with Slackware 13.1, and I couldn't solve it. A tried all suggestions from this forum, but without result.
Does anyone have solution for this problem?


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