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Re: [ProgSoc] SCSI Linux
On Sun, 24 Jun 2001 21:17, Telford wrote:
] Most BIOS will boot from CDROM these days, you may have to
] get it to detect the CDROM first and have it saved to CMOS,
] it may also presume that the CDROM is set to slave since 90%
] or CDROMs on IDE systems are set to slave, and that's they way
] they are usually delivered from the factory.
At least this is relatively trivial to change. Mmm .. A7Pro .. 4 x ide
channels. ARC at Parramatta has 60g IDE drives for $295. Do the
math. (hint - it's 18 times cheaper to get an AMD machine that's
14x more powerful than an E250 with 180g of RAID5 DASD). * ; )
] Also note that each Linux distribution has a different installer
] so they require different actions. Some have special SCSI installer
] floppies, others have a drivers floppy.
Do people still use non-Debian distros ?
] The AHA1542 is like all the old ISA bus controllers and annoying to
] configure. You should first boot into the internal setup ROM of the
] controller (ctrl-A when booting usually). From here you can set the
] IRQ/IO/DMA settings and you can also scan the SCSI bus to see what
] devices it recognises. Just because it recognises a devices doesn't
] imply the device will work but if it does not recognise a device then
] you are surely screwed until you fix your hardware.
Sadly this is not the case with the 1542B. The big difference between
the 1542B and the 1542CF is that the CF had the Ctrl-A option at
boot .. at least, this is how I remember it from my Novell days in
the early 90's. The 1542B required strappings and MSDOS floppy
boot disks and running and screaming and chickens' innards against
wall and the like.
By default, the 1542B chose irq 10 (and DMA C800) .. the IRQ
component, at least, was the same as that used by most NIC's of
the day -- which caused all kinds of problems.
] These problems are not Linux specific as such, they relate to PC hardware
] and the bad old days of non-PCI. Windows-95 had similar problems installing
Bah. I remember having to use DEBUG under DOS 3.2 in order to
format my hard drive.
* 84% of these statistics were cited extemporaneously.
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