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I have an old machine that I want to install Linux on, but have had problems finding a driver for the CDROM.

I've created a Linux boot disk, and get part way into the installation when it asks me for a disk with the CD driver on it.

The CDROM is a Creative CD620E IDE.

Any ideas???
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What Linux (distro & version) are you trying to install?
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Sorry, I didn't get a notification of your comment.  Weird.

Anyhow ...

RedHat version 7.
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I think you may be out of luck as far as using that CD drive, if it is a driver problem. Before giving up on that drive I'd recommend that you check to be sure that your boot disk drive is configured as a Primary IDE Master and that the CD is configured as:

1) Primary IDE Slave ...or
2) Secondary IDE Master if there isn't a disk on the Secondary ...or
3) Secondary IDE Slave

Linux can be a bit picky about finding the CD at the places it thinks it ought to be.

CD drives aren't very expensive, so swapping out the drive for something a bit more universal might be an option.
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Thanks for the suggestion.  The point is that this is an old machine, but I thought it may be useful as a low end Linux server.  I don't intend to spend any more money on it.

In its day (admittedly that day has long past) this CD-Rom would have been one of the most common on the market, so I figured there'd be lots of other people trying to install Linux on similar machines.

I guess I was wrong.
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Well, you don't have to keep the CD drive on it after the install finishes. How about borrowing one temporarily from another machine to make sure it is only the drive that is the problem?

I'd assume the box has a NIC if you are thinking of using it as a server. Why not do a network install. If you have a good, high speed, Internet link (>= 512Kbps) you could do it direct from an Internet site. Otherwise you could set up a local machine to host the distribution.
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All very good advice.  

Sort of a case of wanting to see the results before I spend any cash.  NIC's are pretty cheap now, but I don't wnat to buy one for this old machine, until I am convinced it will do what I want it to.

The whole idea is on hold for now anyway, as I have other more pressing work.

Thanks for all the suggestions.  Points to jlevie.
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