Linux can't find my Creative Labs CDROM! :(

I can't install Linux from CDROM (I'm a newbee) because the installer can't find my Creative Labs 16bit PnP sound card (the CDROM is connected to the soundcard's proprietary IDE port). Help!!!!
jnalexanderAsked:
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jnalexanderAuthor Commented:
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jnalexanderAuthor Commented:
By the way, I'm trying to install Mandrake 6.1.
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cgreyCommented:
Based on my experience, it is going to be simpler to borrow a standard ATAPI/IDE CDROM from someone and hook it up for the install. On some of those cards that controller will detect as a standard secondary ide port (if you have turned off the secondary port on your motherboard), but I assume that isn't the case with yours.
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
You could prefferably plug the CD-ROM drive to the standard IDE bus, or you could use a boot disk that supports old CD-ROM drives. By the way, I don't recommend Mandrake. Get Slackware.
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cgreyCommented:
EatEmAndSmile - this is BAAAD idea.
If that is an ATAPI/IDE drive great. However, if it isn't (and being a Creative Labs shipped with a SB card it probably isn't), then it is only IDE, not ATAPI. Hooking it up to the standard ATAPI/IDE controller will probably blow either the cdrom or the controller on powerup.
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nschmittCommented:
I would suggest to change the CDROM to an one that is ATAPI enabled.
The time until You'll get such one, You could try special boot-parameters for the kernel:

While booting from the linux setupdisk, the loader shows a prompt for a short time. Type in there:

"linux sbpcd=0x230,Soundblaster"

If the soundblaster is not configured for IO-Port "230", change the value "0x230" accordingly.

If the bootdisk doesn't support the sbpcd-driver, You are to read the stuff on the linux cd (cd1). I don't know Your distribution, but there are "specific" bootdisk images for specific hardware-combinations. There are docs describing, what bootdisk-images are available and how to put them on a floppy disk.

have a good time

niko

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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
If you install Slackware, it will automatically support old CD-ROM drives.

 Have a real distribution!
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jnalexanderAuthor Commented:
Will Slackware find a CDROM plugged into a PnP Soundblaster?
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jnalexanderAuthor Commented:
I found the problem. The BIOS setting for my PC must be set to "Support for Non-plug and play operating systems" in order for Linux install to find the CDROM.
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
Yes, Slackware does probe for ATAPI CDs, then old (where SB are included) and for a last chance for SCSI CDs on it's installation process...
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