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Mitsumi CRMC-FX400 CD-ROM setup

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I am attempting to install Linux on my PC.  I have a Mitsumi CRMC-FX400 (IDE) CD-ROM drive that came with a Diamond Multimedia package.  It plugs into a Diamond Soundblaster Pro 16 sound card.  I can't get the drive recognized during boot.  I've tried several different boot disks and boot  prompt requests.  I am at a loss as to what to try next.  Any help received will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
            Marc Auville
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What version of Linux did you install and did you use the right kernel?
 
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If your card is a diamond sound 16, the IDE interface is configured by the dos driver at boot, so linux will not be able to recognize it (until you use the correct driver, i think it is the same as MAD16).
So you can boot with your cd connected to the first or second ide channel of your motherboard, install linux and then compile a new kernel or compile the kernel on another machine and then put it on the boot disk.
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>So you can boot with your cd connected to the first or second >ide channel of your motherboard, install linux and then compile >a new kernel or compile the kernel on another machine and then >put it on the boot disk.

I am trying to install Linux from a CD-ROM.  Do I need to install from a DOS partition to utilize the CD-ROM?  Also, I am new to Linux and am unfamiliar with MAD16, is it with the distributed drivers?

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Marc
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No, you don't need dos partition. Just connect your cd-rom on the first or second ide channel of your motherboard and boot with boot disk. You can add 'linux hdc=cdrom' at the lilo prompt to be sure that linux will detect your drive (assuming it is configured master, connected to the second ide channel. You can replace hdc with hdb or hdd, depending on how you connect it).
Once you have booted, the setup program will ask you to run fdisk to create root partition and swap partition, then the packages you want to install. Install the kernel sources and headers, and developement tools (gcc ,libs, make and as).Once the system is configured and rebooted, you have to make e new kernel to recognize your sound card. Use the Mad16 driver (Opti chips). to make the new kernel, do 'make menuconfig' in /usr/src/linux. It will show you different options and help on them and references to documents explaining how to configure them. If you need more help, contact me with details on what you want to know.
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