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I know a lot about Win95 but I'm a relative newcomer to Linux, so keep the answers at idiot-level...thanks!

I added a CD-R drive to my dual-boot Linux/Win95 system yesterday...and now Linux hangs during boot. It detects all 4 of my IDE devices (2 HDDs, 1 CD-ROM, 1 CD-R). I don't particularly want to use the CD-R drive under Linux, but I do want Linux to boot!
The CD-R drive is secondary master, the CD-ROM drive is secondary slave.
Any suggestions?

DanF
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Are you using LILO ? Probably you have to give some options to the kernel when booting. But I do not know which. Hope somebody else can help ...
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Yes, I'm using LILO.

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Could you tell where it hangs, the exact error message, etc. Without this information, it'll be quite impossible to help you. Please be as specific as you can.
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There's no specific error message. It just stops.

It detects hda, hdb, hdc and hdd (my four IDE devices), then detects the primary IDE controller (ide0) but then hangs.

DanF
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NakedTimeMan earned 400 total points
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Hi Faffman

Well, I think you are ignoring the obvious.

Why dont you try switching the reader and the writer on the IDE bus?

Make the reader the master and the writer the slave.  I know windows wont mind, and I know linux will love it.

Later
Peace.

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Nice one!

I didn't think changing them over would make a single bit of difference, but apparently I was wrong...just shows!

Cheers

DanF
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