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dbls
2006-06-29, 10:11
(I tried posting this on the Linux/Unix forum, but got some "Invalid forum" message.)

I have a computer that normally boots in Win98 that I wish to use with SlimCD when serving music (mainly because Win98 chokes when piping flac-wav-mp3 to my SB1). I have three drives: the Win98 boot drive, the music drive (200GB in two partitions) and a (Suse) Linux-formatted drive. The first is on a normal IDE connector, and the others are on ATA-100 connectors. Win98 sees the first two just fine; I think the last is hidden because Windows doesn't recognize the Linux file system on it. I can't use the other IDE connector for the music drive because it's too big for Win98.

The problem is that DSL can't access either of the drives on the ATA-100 connectors. The MB manufacturer (Gigabyte) offers "beta" Linux drivers, but has no clue how to install them (when downloaded, the file is a Windows executable, for some strange reason).

When I Google for "Promise ATA/100 Linux Drivers", I get the impression that the 2.4 kernel should handle ATA/100 natively, and the DSL wiki says that it uses 2.4.

Any suggestions?

mherger
2006-06-29, 13:32
> When I Google for "Promise ATA/100 Linux Drivers", I get the impression
> that the 2.4 kernel should handle ATA/100 natively, and the DSL wiki
> says that it uses 2.4.

I can't say for sure what's compatible and what's not. But why do you know
that they're not recognized?

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azinck3
2006-06-29, 13:39
(I tried posting this on the Linux/Unix forum, but got some "Invalid forum" message.)


This seems to happen in any of the forums when you take long enough to write your post so that your session expires. Then when you submit the post you have to log back in again, and somewhere along the way the forum id must get lost. It's a pain in the neck. A bug in vBulletin, I suppose?

dbls
2006-06-30, 13:52
>

I can't say for sure what's compatible and what's not. But why do you know
that they're not recognized?

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Michael



For one thing, Linux takes its sweet time before it begins configuring devices; I get the penguin icon in the upper left corner, then it sits there about three minutes. Once it starts again, a bunch of I/O errors appear for each drive, ending with two lines for each:

FAT: unable to read boot sector
EFS: cannot read volume header

When the desktop appears, if I try to mount either hde or hdf, I get an error message:

Mount: You must specify the filesystem type

(If I try to mount the cdrom, the little widget reports "irregular" instead of "mounted"; the drive is a newer Plextor DVDRW.)

On an older box, SlimCD had no problem with the 200GB drive, which was attached to a Highpoint Rocket133 ATA/100 card.

In Midnight Commander, all I can see under hde and hdf is the .. entry, but I suppose that's because they aren't mounted.

mherger
2006-07-01, 00:30
> For one thing, Linux takes its sweet time before it begins configuring
> devices; I get the penguin icon in the upper left corner, then it sits
> there about three minutes. Once it starts again, a bunch of I/O errors
> appear for each drive, ending with two lines for each:

This is no good sign :-/

> Mount: You must specify the filesystem type

What happens if you try to mount them manually:

sudo mount -t vfat /dev/hde1 /mnt/hde

(replace hdf1 with whatever the partition actually is called, vfat with
ext2 if it's linux).

> In Midnight Commander, all I can see under hde and hdf is the .. entry,
> but I suppose that's because they aren't mounted.

I guess you're talking about /mnt/hde? Then you're right, it's the empty
mount point.

There's a new project called DSL-N (Damn Small Linux - Not):
http://damnsmalllinux.org/dsl-n/

Would you mind downloading this and give it a try? It's a project related
to DSL (which is the base of SlimCD), but comes with a 2.6.x kernel with
improved hardware support. I was considering it as the new base for
upcoming SlimCD versions. Would be interesting to know whether it fixes
your issue.

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