I have recently infomagics' April 1997 cd set containing Slakware and redhat and have had major problems getting the setup procedure going.
I have not formatted the linux partition, so all I want is to get the card and drive recognized. And I do get that far, but then the root disk crashes.
I have tried to be as specific as possible in what I have tried to do and what has worked and what hasn't. That way you can all be as confused as I am. (all this head scratching has made me go bald on my left side)
Anyways, let's start from boot:
Initializing Plug and Play Cards...
Card-01 Adaptec aha-1522B
Card-02 3Com 3c509B EthernetLink III
(both ISA cards,or is it ESA, but not VESA)
Adaptec AHA-1520B/1522B 16KB BIOS v.1.15
I/O PORT=340 IRQ=11 BIOS Address=C8000h
SCSI ID#1 - QUANTUM FIREBALL_TM2110S - Drive C: (80h)
From here, I have tried both Slak and red. Let's do Slak first.
I use the image aha152x.s and scsi, and get the same results.
If I boot passing no parameters what so ever, it does not detect my card, but I do manage to get to the "log in as root and type setup". Of coarse fdisk cannot open /dev/sda and that is as far as I get.
If at the boot prompt I type:
mount aha152x=340,11,0 (I cannot use linux because that is not an option, the other options are: ramdisk, big2, small2, drive2, mount, as shown when I hit tab), I get the following:
aha152x: processing command line:
aha152x: invalid line (controller=1)
aha152x: BIOS test: passed, auto configuration: ok, detected 2 controllers
2 controllers?? why 2? is one the card and then the HD?
aha152x: vital data: PORTBASE=0X154, IRQ=11, SCSI ID=0, reconnect=enabled, parity=enabled, synchronous=disabled, delay=100, extended translation=disabled
aha152x: trying software interrupt, lost.
aha152x: IRQ 11 possibly wrong please verify (it is not wrong according to BIOS)
then the vital data line repeats, the trying software line repeats but this time says OK and then,
scsi0: Adaptec 152x SCSI driver; $Revision: 1.18
scsi : 1 host.
THEN.. the cool part
Detected scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id1, lun0 (kewl eh!!!!)
scsi: detected 1 SCSI disk total.
SCSI device sda: hdwr sector= 512 bytes, Sectors=4124736 [2014 mb]
sda: sda1 sda2 <sda5> (why is sda5 like that? shoudn't it be sda3?)
VFS: Insert root floppy....
I do and...
end_request: i/o error, dev 01:00, sector XXXX
and that repeats about oh... 100 times maybe more.
And that is as far as I get, I have tried using different floppies but get the same thing every time. I have tried using different boot and root images but no luck. dead. damn.
Ok, now for redhat, this is much shorter cuz I die almost immediately.
I boot using the boot.img file cuz there is nothing more specific on the CD, I went to the redhat FTP site but found boot images for the 1540 not 152X URG!
Anyways, so I boot up, I try specifying parameters at the boot prompt but have no effect. Then just before the "Are you sing a color monitor", I see
scsi : 0 hosts
scsi : detected total. Of coarse the partition check does not find my /dev/sda.
Then when I get to the scsi driver, i tell it to auto probe for a Adaptec 152x but it does not find it! I try to specify options but do not know the parameters I should specify (port address=, port_base?, hex or dec values?)
so that is where I die with redhat.
As you can see, I have tried various things out and have yet to find a solution. Any help to get the system going (before my boos shoots me) would be more than apreciated.
PS. I think it took me longer to spell check this thing that to actually type it!
Thanks for your patience and above all your help...