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Old 11-23-2003, 10:30 PM   #1
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kernel module ignorant newbie looking for any one with kernel module knowledge


I'm trying to install Slackware on my Sony Vaio R505EL.
CD drive is not being recognized and asking for help in another category didn't help.
So, I did my own research and came to the conclusion that I needed a few kernel modules compiled and placed in the right directories before I install slackware.

Modules I think I need at the time of install are:

Where can I find the sources to compile these .o files?
If no one knows, can anyone point me to where they might be found?

All I have is a laptop with no OS, so getting Slack going on my computer is a huge priority for me.

Thank you very much for all and any help,


btw, i do understand my problem is not truly slackware related. but I thought since i'm ultimately attempting to install slackware and slackers (i heard) have more knowledge, the post would be appropriate.

am i asking a stupid question?
am i describing something wrong or in a way no one can possibly understand?

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Old 11-24-2003, 09:17 AM   #2
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So you boot up the slack install cd-rom, it loads up the kernel and stuff, you login, and when it tries to search for the installation media, it doesn't find your cd-rom?

What cd-rom drive are we talking about?

I have heard that altough windows can ignore it, linux can have problems with improper jumper configuration.

If nothing works, you may consider borrowing a cd-rom just to install, and them trying to compile modules for that drive, but i still think that is weird
Old 11-24-2003, 01:09 PM   #3
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you could do worse than pop along here:
your exact model isn't mentioned, but maybe similar to R505GL?
theres lots of laptop users experience here.

On a more general note, you will probably want to install slackware with the bare.i kernel (the default), then recompile your kernel to suit your machine. As you make your choices during the recompile process, you will choose which modules you require. The ***.o libraries that you need will then be compiled for you. If you are not conversant with compiling a kernel, take a look at the kernel compiling help in the sticky post at the top of this forum. If you have queries about this process, let us know, you will surely get a response.
good luck, tobyl
Old 11-24-2003, 02:58 PM   #4
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The laptop is a R505 EL and the cd drive is built into the docking station.
The main laptop doesn't have a cd drive (no hdb cdrom).
The CD drive on the docking station interfaces with the laptop using firewire. The CD drive itself is an IDE device.

I can login as root, yes.
After fdisk, I type 'setup' and go into the setup menu.
In the menu, I want to choose CD/DVD drive as the source, but the system can't find it.
I ask the installer to search for the CD drive, but the installer won't find it.

I've visited a few of the sites on before coming here. The site doesn't have my model but the installations are similar for most of the models.

The solution they propose is getting an operational linux going using NFS, FTP, or other installation methods. Then, compiling the modules or adding the functions into the kernel, like you suggest Tobyl.

What I really want, is to find a solution so that people that buy Vaio's with docking stations will have an easier time installing linux. (Can't start an installation without the CD drive. )

Hopefully within the week, I'll install slackware on a spare machine, compile a kernel with support for the CD drive, then make a boot (floppy/cd) so that I can start the install process on the laptop. This way, assuming it works, my floppy/cd can be distributed to people and I can claim to have made a tiny, itsy, bitsy contribution.

Thank you very much Tobyl and Hiper for your responses. At least I know I wasn't completely ignored. Thanks to the communittee for looking at the post.

Old 11-24-2003, 09:37 PM   #5
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Just an update.

I have found a red hat box with kernel 2.4.20 and has all the kernel modules mentioned in my previous post! I'll make a boot disk from that box tomorrow (read the Linux Bootdisk HOWTO ). If everything goes well, I'll be a ultra noob slacker!


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