From: kevin lyda (kevin at domain suberic.net)
Date: Mon 24 Jul 2000 - 21:21:14 IST
On Mon, Jul 24, 2000 at 12:40:44PM -0700, Brian Boyd wrote:
> Sounds good, looks like I'm getting closer, however all of the files on
> Dell's site are in RPM format. Kinda hard to install drivers when the OS
> isn't installed yet. I'm still looking for a handy install disk from Dell,
> but no avail. I suppose I could try to make an install disk, but that is a
redhat can ask for drivers, but i don't know the disk format. if
you boot with linux expert or linux dd it will ask for a driver
disk. what format does it want?
hm... i don't have a 6.2 cd handy, but the relevant part of the installer
is in misc/src/anaconda/loader/devices.c in the function devCopyDriverDisk.
it wants a floppy with a rhdd-6.1 directory containing the following
modules.cgz, modinfo, modules.dep
don't know if it's looking for ext2 or dos format. the names are 8.3
compatible. ah, yes, it wants a "vfat" disk. that's dos i think.
so see if the dell site has those files. if not you can see examples
of them on the redhat install floppy. to get this off the cd do this
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
mount -t vfat /mnt/cdrom/images/boot.img /mnt/floppy -oloop
zcat /mnt/floppy/initrd.img > /tmp/initrd.img
mount -t ext2 /tmp/initrd.img /tmp/install -oloop
the files will be in there. modules.cgz is a gzipped cpio archive.
cpio will be the hardest part of the whole thing i suspect. if dell
doesn't have them maybe you can publish a dell install floppy and
become famous! or maybe not...
-- kevin at domain suberic.net "there's nothing wrong with windows 2000 that fork()'ed on 37058400 linux can't fix." -- va linux t-shirt meatspace place: home
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