[LON-CAPA-admin] access server installation

Martin Siegert siegert at sfu.ca
Thu Feb 12 12:44:39 EST 2004

Hi Nathan,

On Thu, Feb 12, 2004 at 10:57:38AM -0600, Nathan Schoenack wrote:

> I'm trying to install Red Hat 7.3 to a custom built machine with
> 2.8GHz(intel), 2GB, Integrated Intel 865G board, floppy, 40GB HD, and
> Samsung cd-rom too.
> Anyway, I'm able to boot off the installation CD, but after entering into
> the installer I'm asked if my cdrom is 'SCSI' or 'other CDROM'.  It's
> definitely IDE.  So, I choose 'other CDROM' and it immediately prompts me
> for a driver disk.  I made a driver disk from the oldcdrom.img file on the
> installation CD.  The installer finds a generic IDE cdrom driver and it
> appears to work in recognizing the CDROM drive, but then it says that it
> doesn't see the installation CD.  Aaargggh!  (I also tried the drvblock.img
> for the driver disk, but when I use that it doesn't find any cdrom drivers
> that are applicable)
> Has anyone seen behavior similar to this while trying to do an install?  If
> so, what did you do to work around this?  Is this a hardware issue, or a Red
> Hat issue, or both?

What kind of cdrom drive do you have? Is it a combo drive (DVD, CDRW, etc.)?
Although these are IDE devices they use a SCSI driver (because CD recording
is SCSI based) using the ATAPI interface. To the OS the device appears
like a SCSI device. On my RH 7.3 desktop:

$ ls -l /dev/cdrom
lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root            4 Nov  7 20:47 /dev/cdrom -> scd0

Thus, it may be worth to try "SCSI" and see whether that works.
Can't hurt anyway :-)

Good luck!


Martin Siegert
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