I am tring to install Debian on an old pc (486).
The BIOS on the old pc does not allow me to boot from cd-rom and
does not recognize the existence of the
cd-rom drive. It does not allow me to specifiy the cd-rom on
the BIOS setup menu. There are two IDE adapters (0 and 1) with
master and slave for each. But all of them are _predefined_ for
specifying hard disks.
So I installed the base of Linux using floppies.
Now I want to install the packages from the official Debain
cd-roms. When I run the "apt-setup" and choose the cd-rom
option, it asks me to give the device name for the cd-rom.
I think the cd-rom on my pc is an IDE deice, so I tried
"/dev/hdb", "/dev/hdc", and "/dev/hdc". All of them resulted
in an error like
" ...not recognized by kernel as a block devie"
So what is the soltion here? Do I have to
(1) somehow make the BIOS to recognize the cd-rom and then
reinstall the Linux base? or
(2) somehow just load relevant device drivers to the current
system (if so, how?)? or
(3) something else?
Any help is greately appreciated. -Cong