I bought the linux debian distribution on cd,(workgroup solutions inc) but i have problems installing it.
- i can't get the base system installed (cd or disks)
- i can't use loadlin
If anyone has some tips, please...
- My System:
Abit pr5 motherboard 256kb plb cache (Intel VX)
Intel 200MMX (actually 166, but remarked)
80 MB EDO non parity 2x8 and 2x32
regular 1.44 31/4" Fdd
Western Digital Caviar 2210 2.1 GB EIDE 1st master
Mitsumi FX120 12-speed CD-ROM IDE 2nd master
Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 (S3 Virge ) 2MB EDO PCI
TRUST 10mbit (cheap NE2000 compatible PCI ethernet card)
Soundblaster AWE32 ISA
- What I did:
The ulitmate goal is to have both W95 and linux on the same disk, and
start linux using loadlin from a "config.sys / Autoexec.bat " menu.
i have the following partitions :
C:_ HDA1 _ PRIMARY _ DOS _ 1024MB (a)
D:_ HDA5 _ LOGICAL _ DOS _ 504MB
---_ HDA6 _ LOGICAL _ LINUX _ 468MB (ROOT)
---_ HDA7 _ LOGICAL _ L.SWAP_32MB (SWAP)
---_ HDA8 _ LOGICAL _ MINIX _ +/- 4 MB (for installation only)
Both hda1 and hda5 are fat16 partitions, on which win95 apps are situated
I want to boot linux using loadlin, but always when I use
loadlin kernel root=/dev/hda6 initrd=root.bin
or actually with any kernel or bootparam, linux says
"kernel panic : VFS: can't mount root " (or something)
this is a dead end (for me. at this time)
how did i get the linux partitions?
Ofcourse installing with the boot-,root- and base disks is an option,
altough it wasn't the goal.
Installing by this worked pretty well actually
Creating the partitions as above,
Preparing Swap- and linux partitions, all ok
But then installing the base...
The installation program has the ability to install from CD.
my CD is /dev/hdc, but when linux searches this one for a
cd, it says that there is a cd present, but it's the WRONG one
installing other modules is of no use while mitsumi is none of them.
Installing from disks doesn't work as well
with rawrite2.exe, I copied the images of three files called
1440_bas, 1440_bas.000 and 1440_bas.001 to disks
(which should work)
but, after identifying the disk, linux said: "DISK ERROR"
then I used other disks, formatted them, copied the images etc..
every time a disk error on the first disk. (repeated this joke for +5 times with different disks)
so.. I'm stuck
- My Questions :
Do I have the wrong CD?
(Workgroup solutions Inc. Debian 0.93 R6)
How can I install the mitsumi.o module, where actually, and
will this work? (my cdrom has already been recognised as /DEV/HDC)
Am i doing something wrong with the base disks, or , maybe,
are the images of these disks copied on CD incorrectly ?
What am I doing wrong with Loadlin?
You may have noticed my thoughts about having the wrong cd;
- There should be a file on the CD called PARAMS.DOC
(bootparams for loadlin.exe) but it isn't there.
- The msdos Tools are incomplete; there are no utilities to Un-Tar files,
(for example modules.tar) I can only read this file with WinZip
but i can't add extra (mitsumi) modules from the driver disk
which i had to download
I do hope somebody can help me out!
Thanx for reading anyway