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Re: First time installation


Stephen Liu (<satimis@icare.com.hk>) wrote:

> I installed Debian 3.0 on a PII-box for test purpose.  Everything
> seemed going on smoothly, except following problems found after
> installation.
> 1) X-server could not start
> At time of installation I have no idea what chip to be selected for
> the old graphic card - Maxi Gamer Phoenix, Voodoo Banshee resulting in
> X-window failed to start (I just selected S3Visage)
> # startx
> error popup
> /var/log/XFree86.log   attached
> 2) Monitor = NEC Multisync XV15+
> During installation no request for entering monitor detail

Run dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86. If you know horizontal frequencies
and refresh rates, select advanced configuration when asked for details
on your monitor. 

According to <http://xfree86.org/4.1.0/Status2.html#2>, you need to
select the tdfx driver for your graphic card.

> 3) The PC has both CDRom and CDWriter
> CDRom - slave to Primary IDE
> CDWriter - master to Secondary IDE
> One of them could not be detected
> Under /dev/
> only cdrom shown, no cdrom1 indicated.

You have to do it yourself. The device names for your cdroms are

hdb for your cdrom
hdc for your cdwriter

Check where /dev/cdrom points to, and create a second symlink for the
other device (you can also skip this and use the real device names
instead). If the existing symlink points to your cdrom, do this:

cd /dev
ln -s hdc cdrom1

Next, add a matching line to your /etc/fstab. You can copy the line for
your cdrom and change the device name and directory. Make sure the
directory where you want to mount your cdwriter exists!

However, if you want to use the writer to actually write CDs, you have
to activate ide-scsi emulation. Add a line

append "hdc=ide-scsi"

to your /etc/lilo.conf, run lilo, add a line


to /etc/modules, add yourself to the cdrom group, and reboot. The device
name will be /dev/scd0, so you have to change /dev/cdrom1 and make it
point to /dev/scd0 instead of /dev/hdc. 

You can also use ide-scsi emulation for both devices:

append "hdb=ide-scsi hdc=ide-scsi"

Now the device names will be /dev/scd0 and /dev/scd1.

best regards
        Andreas Janssen

Andreas Janssen
PGP-Key-ID: 0xDC801674
Registered Linux User #267976

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