Re: basic install problems
At 23:57 30.10.1997 -0600, you wrote:
>A few questions:
>1. After you modified your lilo.conf, did you re-run /sbin/lilo?
No, but I should have. Will try this.
>2. How is your drive partitioned?
1 Primary MSDOS Win 95 app. 900MB
2 Primary Linux root app. 30MB
3 Primary Linux swap app. 50MB
4 Logical Linux usr app. 450MB
5 Logical Linux home app. 520MB
6 Logical Linux var app. 50MB
MSDOS was partitioned earlier. Linux was partitioned on the remaining free
>3. What drive letter is your CD-ROM under Windows 95?
>Under the Debian install, the ATAPI/IDE CD-ROM drivers are installed by default
>(at least on my disk from Linux System Labs).
Same 'official Debian 1.3.1' I installed from.
>My concern is that your drive is
>hooked up to your SB 16 card. I do not know what kind of interface is used for
>this card (ATAPI/IDE) or proprietary SB, but even if it is ATAPI/IDE, the
>interface is probably not recognized out of the box by GNU/Linux. I would
>suggest printing a system summary from Windows 95 (right-click on My Computer,
>select Properites, then something about devices.) It will show you a graphical
>list of devices in your computer. There will be a Print button. Press it and
>select summary. This will at least tell you how things are configured under
>Windows 95, which will then give you a hint on how to get them working under
The IRQ summary shows standard config of the system:
SB16 at 05, IDE controller at 10 (must be CDROM), IDE at 14.
At IRQ 09 is a CDROM controller, but it is disabled by the system.
Main problem remains how to get Linux recognize or configure it to these
>I have had *no* problems making GNU/Linux and Windows 95 co-exist on my
>however, I realize I am very lucky: Many people have terrible times getting
>to work. Let me know what you find out, and I will make any suggestions I can.
You are indeed lucky. Moreover I need my system for my general and other
work and had hoped Linux would enhance and improve the performance of my
machine. Now I get kind of stuck up and may have to stick to Win & co. :-(
Now during installation, is it necessary to specifically install the 'Block'
and other devices, like serial and parallel ports, or does the system
recognize these standard devices by itself??
>Dirk Kievith wrote:
>> I installed Linux 1.3.1 thru floppies, but run into rough water. I have a
>> plain 486 DX2 66 Mhz, with 16 MB, 2.1 Gb IDE HDD and a Creative CDrom
>> (Matsushita - CR 581-M) on a Soundblaster 16 card.
>> 1. During the installation Linux asks for the device drivers to be installed:
>> - Block device drivers: cannot figure out what to install?
>> - CDROM drive: sbpcd is offered, but Linux cannot find any on my system.
>> Thus I installed plain cdrom.
>> - Further I installed the serial and parallel port device drivers, plus a NE
>> 2000 driver, though the card is not yet connected to a net work.
>> Other intall sequence went alright. Then I made a boot-floppy and installed
>> LILO as I was adviced.
>> Only Lilo does not give a boot prompt when pressing <Shift> on booting only
>> something like A2E. But no choice available, neither thru <Tab> not <?> and
>> Linux starts. Then I appended to lilo.conf:
>> But to no avail.
>> Then I tried to use dselect to install the packages but my cdrom is not
>> being recognized. Dselect asks for the Block Device name; I cannot find any
>> references to that. So I abandoned that part of the install.
>> I figured out how to get to the LILO docs and de-installed LILO in order to
>> get the old boot records in place but now nothing is booting anymore: no
>> Linux, no Win95; W95 start-up disk searches the floppy-drive for system, not
>> the HDD.
>> - How to get LILO boot both linux and Win95 (again)?
>> - How to get Linux recognize the Creative CDROM?
>> - How to get Linux recognize the SB 16?
>> - Suppose I do a new install, what drivers are necessary to install during
>> the installation process?
>> Kind regards,
>> Dirk Kievith
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