Having got the network running, the CD drive is suddenly inoperative.
Ceased to be. Rung down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibule...
The machine has 1st and 2nd IDE connectors on the motherboard. Dunno
about the 2nd one, never used it, so I don't know if it's active or
not, and uncovering the motherf^Hboard to see means total disassembly.
Two hard disks on the 2st IDE therefore, master and slave, works fine.
Sound card (ESS AudioDrive) with another IDE connector, into which the
CD drive was plugged. Worked fine under W95 but that doesn't mean much.
Sound card is PnP enabled.
RH6.2 install couldn't find any CD drive. I got it to crawl into action
by plugging it into the motherboard 2nd IDE connector and disabling the
IDE connector on the sound card (it provided a labelled jumper, yay!)
Installed the system. It didn't spot the sound card at all, but
sndconfig got it first go. But now any attempt to use the CD drive
gets me the message that /dev/crom is not recognised as a block device.
It's a soft link to /dev/hdd, which is the correct major and minor
for a master on the 2nd IDE, which is how it's configured. If it got
to use it during the install, and obviously configured it in /dev
correctly, why should it now claim that it's not a block device when
it patently is?
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