[conspire] (forw) CentOS ATAPI CD and SCSI driver issue

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Nov 6 15:00:29 PST 2006

----- Forwarded message from wood eddie <ewood111 at yahoo.com> -----

Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 12:29:44 -0800 (PST)
From: wood eddie <ewood111 at yahoo.com>
To: installers at linuxmafia.com
Subject: Nov 11 CABAL 4pm at Menlo Park(Linux install Fest)

Hi Rick/fellow installers:

Thanks for help with GX-520 last Dec. Now am trying to
install CentOS 4.4 on older PC with FIC motherboard,
AMD Duron 1GHz cpu, Buslogic BT-956C adapter, 2
internal SCSI disks + SCSI cdrom. 

Final goal is to install additional components such as
Apache server, Tomcat/DBs for development/testing use.

Downloaded CentOS-4.4.ServerCD-i386.iso file,
apparently SCSI cdrom is not detected during boot.
Next, install IDE cdrom drive, then detected ISO boot
image, found 3Com NIC driver, however did not seem to
detect SCSI adapter, complains no hard disk available
to install.   

Tried download CentOS-4.4-i386-bin1of4 CD ISO image,
upon booting have message saying CentOS-4 i386 CD was
not found in CDROM drives. Any ideas ?  Should I bring
PC and ISO CDs to this Sat's Menlo Park install fest
and see if can get help with this ?

Thanks, Eddie   

--- Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Eddie, you wrote:
> > Fedora Core 4 installed fine on Dell Optiplex GX-520 desktop system.
> > Just found out need Fedora Core 3 instead.
> My apologies for being a bit rushed in writing back to you earlier,
> but I've been at a technical conference, and things have been a bit
> hectic.
> It occurs to me that we might be able to assist you more easily if we
> had some clearer idea of what underlying issue you're addressing.  Is
> there some special software package, or cranky hardware component,
> that is said to require either (1) specifically FC3, or (2)
> specifically FC but only versions prior to FC4, or (3) something else
> entirely?
> Depending on the problem you're trying to address, it might be a great
> deal better in the long term for you if we find a way to make your
> existing FC4 setup do whatever job you have in mind.  For one thing,
> as a friend reminded me when he heard details of your case, FC3 has
> already become an "unsupported" release, meaning that current updates
> are no longer available in any reliable fashion (and no longer
> available _at all_ from the Fedora Project itself), which in turn
> makes it (increasingly) dangerous to run from the standpoint of system
> security.
> Of necessity, older distribution releases also have, in general,
> thinnier and buggier support for recent hardware than newer
> replacements.  You found that out for yourself, in fact:
> >  Previous FC1 install not recognize built in network adapter.   
> And last, you already have FC4 installed, so making it work for you
> _might_ be by far the easiest course of action.
> So, anyway, checking my notes, I believe we should be able to (if
> necessary) find ways to bang onto your system _any_ of the FC releases
> if you need one in particular --- but I'd actually tend to wager that
> we can find a better solution for you once you've briefed us a bit
> better on the nature of the problem.
> By the way, I hope you don't mind my forwarding our conversation to
> CABAL's small public mailing list, "conspire":  You wrote to our
> semi-public "installers" mail alias anyway, rather than to me
> personally, and a lot of the best suggestions and assistance for
> attendees _always_ comes from the "conspire" regulars.  I merely sit
> here looking good, and they do all the work.  ;->

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