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I can't get Linux installed from either distribution book.

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This is a email question I had posted in some newsgroups and I have gotten some responses from it, but still haven't been able to install Linux from PowerLinux. I have a book that has Slackware 3.2 in it, but I was thinking that it was pre-2.0 kernel.

I had tried installing from it once before and had the same problem, and that is why I bought this other book.

Which one is better etc.?

Kim

P.S. I've been told the problem is with the 3rd IDE controller from the AWE32 being my problem and Linux not knowing how to find it.

I just bought a AWE64 multimedia kit, but haven't installed it because I will have to remove 1 of my hard drives so it's CD drive can plug into the MB IDE port.

I'm still wondering if Linux will use EITHER one of the sound cards and CD drives from Creative Labs, if I do get it installed.

Hello All! -:)

I am in hopes that you can and will help me, or turn me on to someone who can.

I haven't posted to newsgroups but maybe twice, so I hope I am not doing anything wrong or breaking any rules. I don't follow the groups the way I should.

I've bought 2 different books with 2 different types of Linux
installation programs etc. They were from Slackware & PowerLinux.

PowerLinux being the latest.

Anyway, I have the same problem with both installation programs.

I can't get Power Linux installed with LISA because it NEVER finds either of my CD-ROM drives.

Let me tell you what I have.

I have a modified Gateway 2000 Pentium PC that now has a Tyan TomCat III motherboard in it. I am running the Cyrix 6x86 P166+ CPU with 32 megs of EDO RAM.

I have 4 physical hard drives using both of the EIDE controllers on the motherboard.

My CD-ROM drives run off the IDE that is on my Sound Blaster AWE32 sound card. 1 CD is a Creative Labs 8x drive and the other that is piggy backed off of it, is a Mitsumi 4x drive.

I created the bootdisk and modules disk. I booted from the bootdisk and LISA started. I took my 4th physical disk, which was drive F: and let LISAs FDisk delete the Win95 partition and I created 2 new primary partitions with LISA, a 82 & 83, Native Linux and a Linux Swap Partition.

I then proceeded with the install and LISA will find my 4 disks on the 1st pass, then I have it check the hardware again and this time it finds my Network card, but NOT the CD drives.

I tried loading all the default CD modules from the boot disk and none loaded, then I tried from the modules disk with the same fate. I think I did a Left-Alt F6 and saw where it had tried loading all the modules and then said that NO CD drive was found.

CAN ANYONE HELP PLEASE!!!!!

How can I get Linux loaded off of the CDs?

If you can't help, I hope you know of someone who can.

Thanks ahead of time and I will be awaiting your prompt reply.

Until then,

Kim
kimvan@wsnet.com

P.S. If anyone does know or think they can help, I sure would APPRECIATE a private email ASAP! THANKS!!!!!!!
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How am I suppose to know HOW MANY POINTS my question is worth? I must have missed something some where in the agreement and registration.
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You must have a 2.0 kernal and you must specify your third ide device on the lilo prompt.  Linux only probes for the first two ide devices.  The next two must be specified.
The syntax is:
ide2=base,ctl,irq
ide2 would be the 3rd ide card, base is in hex(ex.0x1f0)
ctl is usually base+0x206 and irq is the irq.
You can also try it with the base only(let linux probe for the rest).
Comment back if you have questions.
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