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I've been trying to install Red Hat Linux 4.1 on my system for a couple of days, but can't get past the following problem. I created the bootdisks, but when I reboot, linux hangs when autodetecting my Takaya 12x CD.

I did a dejanews search about my problem and found an old post from someone using slackware, that told me to use this lilo bootup param "ide0=0x1f0,0x3f6,14". I entered that when I got the boot: prompt from lilo and it worked.

The problem is that when Red Hat's installation ran, it wouldn't recognize my Red Hat Cd. It gave me the error "Disk  does not seem to contain Red Hat" or something like that.

My question is - what does that startup param do, and how can I change it to make my drive work (so I can install Linux)?

thanks
-gF
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It did recognize your CD - you just gave it the wrong path.
If it said that disk didn't seem to contain redhat, you need
to tell it which DIRECTORY on the cd (/RedHat I believe)

That paramater tells Lilo the h/w location of the CD.
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How do I specify to Red Hat where my CD is located? It never asks in the installation program. I almost made it by specifying that I wanted to do a hard disk install, but I wansn't allowed to select my CD rom drive.
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It should offer it to you by default.  If its set up
as the primary slave, then it's /dev/hdb1 - if it's the
secondary master its  /dev/hdc1.  If the install boot
disks don't recognize it at all (which they should do
automatically) then the best thing to do is partition your
hdd, and copy the stuff off the CD (just the /RedHat dir)
to hdd and install from there.
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Ok, I can't get the installation program to recognize my CD, so I  decided to try installing it from the hard drive. Will it work from hda1 (my msdos partition)? I tried copying all the files from the /redhat directory, and it was close to working, but then it quit after not being able to find some .cgi file..

Do I have to make a seperate partition? (aka hdd?)
-gf
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Nope, it should work fine from your hdd - if the file it
didn't find was called "skeleton.cgz" then download a new
supp.img off the net - yours is corrupted.
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