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Re: Debian Installation from non IDE bootable CDROM (SoundBlaster 16)


Many thanks and especially for being so prompt.  I have tried to do
something similar to your suggestions including loading vi and editing the
mtab and fstab file entries on mount points, unfortunately the shell is very
limited at this point of the installation.  Ismod has reported on each
occasion that the sbpcd module is loaded.

I will try your suggestions and let you know how I get on, but as you know
its now 1:30 AM Sydney Aus time so I will give it a go tomorrow night.  I
have a feeling that I will have to use my IDE drive from one of my other PCs
:( but will exhaust my limited Linux knowledge to get it to work first.
(Part of the Linux fun I guess)

>From a personal perspective, I believe that the Debian team can learn a lot
from the RedHat installation process, which auto probes the CDROM and
actually picks up the correct DMA, IRQ and Base IO of the card.

Whoever comes up with a simple base installation mechanism for Linux, that
gets the user up and running without having to go through hda1,hda5's and
/mnt and /usr /dev/fd0 etc. etc. will in fact make MS Windows obsolete.  The
install process of Windows is the ONLY thing that Microsoft is actually good
at :) well ya know what I mean.

Once again thanks.
Keep up the great work, I admire you guys.

PPS I was using xChat on my RedHat box when I visited the IRC channel...
which prompted an amusing response ;)  !doh REDHAT wheres the sword hehe...


----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn McGrath" <bug1@netconnect.com.au>
To: "willdj" <willdj@epo-box.com>
Cc: <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>
Sent: Saturday, 29 January 2000 3:28
Subject: Re: Debian Installation from non IDE bootable CDROM (SoundBlaster

> You could go to the command line (alt-f2) and do a few manual commands
> to check the module is loaded. lsmod will list all currently loaded
> modules. insmod sbpcd inserts the module
> If the module is loaded, and install from proprietry cd doesnt work, you
> could try mounting the CD to a directory from the command line, and then
> choose install from mounted directory instead of install from cd.
> To mount the cd to the /instmnt directory type something like
> mount -t iso9660 /dev/sbpcd /instmnt then
> Im not sure about the CD you have.. i dont remember any install from
> proprietry cd in dbootstrap, maybe they customised the install
> process....
> In anycase registering the product would refer to registering the
> product with the people who made (packaged) the cd/book combo.
> > willdj wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have just purchased a packaged copy of Debian, however can not get
> > past the install base system part.
> >
> > My PC is a 486/dx2 66 IBM Performer with 64 MB RAM and 8 GIG HDD.  The
> > CDROM is the problem, it is a Panasonic 2x connected to an original
> > SoundBlaster 16 Audio Card.  It is not bootable.
> >
> > I have gone through the process of creating the Boot disk resc1440.bin
> > & drv1440.bin using rawrite2 and successfully added the sbpcd module
> > during the floppy boot initial install.  From here when prompted for
> > the installation media I choose the proprietory CDROM but the install
> > program can not find or load the module even though the sbpcd module
> > is checked with the + sign and loaded successfully.
> >
> > Needless to say I have tried the O'Reilly book which came in the
> > package, your FAQ and visited the IRC channel #Debian for help.  I am
> > somewhat frustrated hence this email, can you help?  I do all
> > testing on my spare trusty 486 & want to test out Debian prior to
> > setting up my Pentium 450 WebServer which has been running RedHat for
> > some 9 Months now.  Prior to that I was running on a pentium Pro for
> > 18 months. I like the concept of the Debian community and principals
> > behind your organisation.
> >
> > NB. I know I could use the IDE CDROM from my other PC however I
> > shouldn't need to.
> >
> > Secondly how do I register my product?  Maybe I am blind but I can not
> > find anywhere on the home page to do so.
> >
> > PPS I live in Australia.
> >
> > Thank you for your time.
> > David Willis
> > willdj@epo-box.com

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