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Re: First time installation

Stephen Liu wrote:
X-server starts now.  But following problems still remain

1) Mouse - optical mouse
Selecting /dev/input/mice, X-server can't start
Selecting /dev/psaux, X-server starts but mouse dies.  Toggling between
'init3' and 'init5' impossible.  Had to force-reset the PC

Now I am using a PS/2 mouse instead with /dev/psaux setting

Is the optical mouse usb? ps/2? serial? what? If usb, you'll want /dev/input/mice; if ps2, you'll want /dev/psaux.

_Unless_ you're using gpm, the console mouse driver, in addition to the mouse driver in X. In that case, you'll need to get gpm configured properly, repeating the "raw" data, and configure X to look to /dev/gpmdata.

2) Cdwriter.
# ls -l /dev/cdrom   /dev/cdrom -> hda
# df
showing / = /dev/hdc2
# ln -s /dev/hdb /dev/cdrom1
# ls -l /dev/cdrom1
total 0
Edit /etc/fstab
can't mount /dev/cdwriter

I am not sure whether cdrom1 has been symbolic linked to /dev/hdb.  If
YES how to remove it to try /dev/hdd etc.

Your command above ("ls -l /dev/cdrom1" should show something like:
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8 Dec 10 11:27 /dev/cdrom1 -> /dev/hdb since you did link it above ("ln -s /dev/hdb /dev/cdrom1". However, your snippet above does not indicate that, nor does it indicate the expected message if the link does not exist ("ls: /dev/cdrom1: No such file or directory"), so I suspect you snipped out some relevant material for answering your question.

To remove a symlink, just rm it like you would any other file:
  rm /dev/cdrom1
Then you can recreate it to point to hdd:
  ln -s /dev/hdd /dev/cdrom1
although according to the info you provide below, it should be on /dev/hdc instead of hdd, and the cdrom should be on /dev/hdb instead of hda.

"ls -l /proc/ide" should give you a pretty good idea of what ide drives you have attached to your box. "lshw | more" will give you even more info about your hardware ("apt-get install lshw" if necessary).

3) The PC has both CDRom and CDWriter
CDRom - slave to Primary IDE
CDWriter - master to Secondary IDE

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