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Re: Trouble installing Debian

My understanding now is that I have a Promise Technology card for
an ultra-ATA/66 (IDE) interface, and I need a Linux driver for this
card.  The ...disks-i386/current/udma66/ directory contains three files,


but no Readme, so I am a little at a loss.  The drivers tarball includes 
an install.sh script and from puzzling over it and install.bat it seems 
that the install.bat script is to be run somewhere it can find 
dosutils; it will create a boot floppy (?) which will apparently run 
the script to install the kernel modules "onto the root filesystem."
[Confusion: I have no root filesystem, yet; does it mean a root filesystem
on the floppy?  But the drivers tarball won't fit on the floppy, etc.]
My question is: how do I use the files above with the installation CDs so
that the installation program can find the hard drive?

Thanks for any help,

On Thu, 12 Oct 2000, Matthew Dalton wrote:
> > > Weirdness:  I took the case apart.  The hard drive is a Western Digital
> > > IDE drive connected to a Promise Technology Ultra66 PCI card.  Nothing
> > > is plugged into the motherboard's primary ide controller, which explains
> > > why setup doesn't see it.
> > 
> > Which setup?  Debian's installer or the BIOS setup utility?  If the
> > latter, you should get a screen prompt for SCSI setup.  If not, find
> > your system documentation and find out how to get to this.  At some
> > point, you're going to be booting from SCSI and need to have this
> > configured.
> > 
> > > Besides the information below, Win2K also reports that there is a SCSI
> > > controller:
> > >
> > > Promise Technology Inc Ultra 66 IDE controller (IRQ 09)
> Ignore what win2k says, it's dumb. You have an IDE controller, not a
> SCSI one.
> > > As I am running 2.2.17, it seems it should be recognized.  The readme
> > > goes on to give instructions to install the driver from floppy in 26
> > > simple steps.  Is there any point in doing this if the kernel can't
> > > recognize it anyway?  I am using the CheapBytes CDs.
> Use the files from:
> ftp://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/potato/main/disks-i386/current/udma66/
> or your local mirror. They should also be on the cd (same directory).
> Matthew
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