Peter Flynn wrote:
>> 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.
Are you sure it's an IDE connector on the soundcard?
Most soundcard have proprietry CD-ROM connectors, and not IDE
connectors. It may look the same (40 way connector) but is very
>> 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!)
Did the jumper say "IDE disable" or cdrom disable?
>> 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
/dev/hdd is slave on the 2nd IDE. /dev/hdc is the master!
> 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?
For one of the two reasons above.
If it is truely an IDE drive then /dev/hdc should find it if you have it
as master on the 2nd IDE channel. If it's not then you'll need to
identify the port on the soundcard. There are a number of conenctors,
Panasonic, Sony etc.. Identify which one, then the drive make and you'll
need to compile into the kernel (or as module) an old CDROM driver.
Hope that helps.
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