Re: Newbie first-time install advice: Highpoint Rocket 133SB
On Sat, Sep 25, 2004 at 11:25:36PM -0400, David Witbrodt wrote:
> Paul E Condon wrote:
> > I just Googled '5100b modem' and found:
> > http://kbserver.netgear.com/kb_web_files/n101306.asp
> > Reading these instructions, it seems to me that 5100b is a wanabe router,
> > and that it seems to have all the functionality that you actually need.
> > You can configure it by accessing it from your computer as if it were a
> > web page at IP address 192.168.0.1 This is very standard behavior for a
> > consumer oriented router box. I can't guarentee that it will work, but I
> > would be very surprised if it didn't.
> Yes, when I received my DSL package from SBC in early August I did a
> bunch of researching myself. I found the manufacturer's website, which
> had some useful info. Even more useful was the FAQs and forums at
> dslreports.com. There I found explanations about how this modem works,
> including how it is different from previous DSL modems. Its onboard
> "router" is supposed to make it more convenient to use in general,
> especially when first setting up. I went to the IP address you referred
> to and copied all of the important info down, so that I would have it
> without having to look it up again later.
> > The instructions that I'm reading concern turning off PPPoE, and really
> > concern how to live with two 'routers' that both want to be addressed
> > as 192.168.0.1
> > Your bigger issue is getting your ISP to actually turn on service. Don't
> > get too tangled up in config issues until you have determined that they
> > have started service. To do that, borrow a Windoze laptop and try to
> > connect to internet. If they don't get you connected that way, they
> > surely won't get you connected with Linux.
> At the moment, I'm still running the old WinME dinosaur. The SBC
> installation CD worked, but only after I turned the modem off and back
> on! (Somehow ME was not detecting that the modem was even attached to
> the NIC until I did that. I sent an email to SBC suggesting that they
> mention this as a troubleshooting tip, since I blew nearly an hour
> trying to figure out why all of the lights were good but the installer
> program still couldn't see it!)
> At any rate, my DSL account been activated and running very nicely for
> about 2 months. Thanks for the tips, though.
> Right now, I am most concerned about the Debian installer being able
> to figure out how to use the thing. If the installer can't figure it
> out itself, then I will have to come back here pestering people to find
> out what part of my configuration to change. I printed out a forum
> thread from somewhere in which some experienced user explained how to
> get it working. He fell short of providing details about what commands
> to run, so as a newbie I'm still a little bit in the dark about what
> commands to run and what configuration files to edit if I have trouble.
> For now all I can do is hope I don't have too much trouble, but I'm
> already in big trouble over the original subject of this thread:
> getting a device driver for my (unusual) hard drive controller!
> > I think you may be able to have a LAN, if you want. Once you get things
> > working with you 5100b and one computer, you get a 'hub' and install it
> > between the 5100b and your first computer.
> For now, I don't have the need (or the physical room) for a LAN
> setup. I had to move the computer into a small bedroom near a phone
> jack for the DSL connection. The room is 8' x 10', and has 1500 - 2000
> books -- my personal library... the ones that fit inside the house, that
> is! The desk and printer stand are maxed out, and I can't fit any more
> equipment in here even if I wanted to!
> I do have printouts on how to reconfigure my modem if I ever want to
> use a real router, though. But thanks for trying to help, anyway! (You
> wouldn't happen to know anyone who uses a Highpoint Rocket 133SB IDE
> controller with their big [>137 GB] HD, would you? I need to talk to
> someone like that REALLY bad!!)
I joined this thread late. Now I have a better idea of what you need.
You want to preserve Windows on the old smaller drive. To do this remove the
old drive while you work at gettind Debian up and running on new drive.
Pretend everything is going to work, it probably will. Don't worry about
special drivers. Maybe the special drivers are already in place.
Connect you big new drive as 'master'. Your old small drive was
'master', but you have removed it. Your computer won't boot without a
'master' drive even if it is empty.
Use the Sarge net-install CD. You should be able to boot from it, since
boot from CD does not access HD.
Read intro carefully. There is an 'expert' mode. You are not an expert
but you should know that it is there. If you ask for help, you may be
told the answer to give to a question that you have no recollection of
ever having seen. This is because the person giving help assumes that
you are using expert mode, and surely saw the screen to which he
First time through, you should just go with whatever the install
program suggests. Don't worry about HD partitioning, etc. Just see if
it works. Use grub. It is what the install prefers. Don't try to pick up
bits and pieces of code from outside Debian. Just see what happens.
If it works, you know you have no serious problems with a 'real'
install in which you partition HD as you want, reconnect the old HD,
dual boot Windows, etc.
And if it doesn't work, you have really specific questions to ask and
error messages to report here.
Paul E Condon