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Old 12-17-2003, 01:59 PM   #1
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I'm attempting to install on a 486. It has an Adaptec AHA2840VL SCSI controller with 2 hard disks and a Plextor CD-ROM drive attached, so I am trying to use the adaptec.s boot disk (docs indicate the adapter I have is supported).
Unfortunately after the lengthy detection phase there are some errors which scroll off the screen before I can read them - they seem to have something to do with the SCSI controller. I can continue booting with the install/root disks but cannot see the hard disks (fdisk) so there is not much point in continuing.
Would it matter what SCSI IDs are assigned to the various devices at this point? I do not have a device with ID=0.
There is also a MediaVision sound card that has a SCSI interface on it to support a CD-ROM (not being used, but it is there - shows in win95 hardware profile when it runs on this machine). Would I have better luck if I removed the card?
Can someone point me at documentation that would help me solve this problem & get further along?
Old 12-17-2003, 02:15 PM   #2
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Did another OS run on this machine before or have you assembled it from scratch?

If the latter, does the controller have its own bios, and have you enabled it to boot from a hd? Or are there any other settings you might have to change?

You can always try removing the MediaVision to see whether the errors remain; you can also scroll up the install window (if it is text-based) to see lines which went off screen by using Shift+PgUp (I forget - it might be Ctrl+PgUp, just try either), just to make sure.

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Um, this might be a repeat - but I didn't see my previoius response posted:

Slackware 9.1.

The machine has been running win95 successfully (if you call that success) so the hardware is fine. The SCSI adapter has its own BIOS; I'll double check the settings in there but I don't remember anything that would matter there.

The error I see is just after "Red Hat/Adaptec aacraiddriver 1.1.2": "kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter", which repeats a fdisk /total of 3 times. When I try to run fdisk (or cfdisk) I get 'unable to open' whatever I try there (/dev/scd0, /dev/scd1, /dev/sda etc.).

I will try removing the sound card, while I'm in there I'll change one of the HD's so its SCSI ID=0, and I'll remove the existing DOS partitions with DOS FDISK. We'll see.
Old 12-20-2003, 09:52 PM   #4
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Originally posted by tsemple
The error I see is just after "Red Hat/Adaptec aacraiddriver 1.1.2":
I don't know if this is significant, but from your post quoted here it looks to me like you're trying to install RedHat. Of course, the adaptec.s kernel isn't something RedHat would have. Just looked strange to me when I read your last post.


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