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#1 cynosure

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Posted 16 September 2004 - 05:23 AM

I have compaq N400C laptop
Intel PIII 700 128M PC133 Memory 40G hard drive
2USB port. no cd-rom no floppy.
I have an external CD-ROM and an external floppy
3CDs of mandrake linux 10.0 (download *.iso file and record to CD use Nero)

description:
I use external CD-ROM, boot to linux installation.
after loading several files and hardware detection.
the screen give an error
-------No CDROM device found.
I click OK there is a notice
------Please insert the additional drivers floppy
click Ok the screen is
-------There is no detected floppy drive, or no floppy disk in drive. Retry?
I click no. ( if yes, then the same screen)
--------which driver should I try to gain SCSI access?
floppy.ko
isofs.ko
cdrom.ko
.....
......
no matter which one I select always the following screen
-------Please fill in entries
Please enter the parameters to give to the kernel
options------------------------


then I don't know how to do.

BTW: external CDROM and floppy are both connected.


who can give me advise
thanks a lot





#2 danleff

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Posted 16 September 2004 - 11:36 AM

Try the solution that the last post recommended (zipjay) located here.

#3 cynosure

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Posted 17 September 2004 - 04:02 AM

It still didnot work for my computer.
After I did as zipjay said in your previous post.
I select cdrom.ko then the following screen popup

Please fill in entries...
Please enter the parameters to give to the kernel
Options____________________
OK Cancel

What should I enter in the blank.

thanks

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#4 danleff

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Posted 17 September 2004 - 10:37 AM

Did you follow the response to your post on that site? Just hit the enter key and see if the install continues.

#5 cynosure

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Posted 18 September 2004 - 04:58 AM

I did hit Ok
but the Error screen come up

Error
No CDROM device found.
OK

------hit Ok
Notice
Please insert the Additional Drivers floppy
OK

-------hit Ok
Please answer
There is no detected floppy driver, or no floppy disk in drive
Retry?

Yes No Back


------hit No

Please choose
Which driver should I try to gain SCSI access?
floppy.ko
isofs.ko
cdrom.ko
.........
........

select cdrom.ko then
Please fill in entries..
Please enter the paremeters to give to the kernal
Options____________-
OK Cancel



so if hit Ok again
it is kind of loop, but never go to the next installation stage.
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Another thing. I give up install mandrake 10.0, but mandrake 9.2
during installation everything is Ok.except for graphic control setup.
after installation, remove the CD reboot
it bootup to linux
the enthernet card bootup fail.
also can't enter Xwindows.
my computer is compaq N400C
ATI Rage Mobility P/M AGP2x video chip


net card is Intel® Pro/100 p mobile combo adapter

thanks

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Posted 02 November 2004 - 01:11 PM

Plese HELP me...

I have an EVO N400c and i try to boot from an external USB CD-ROM.

But my machine does'nt boot from external USB CD-ROM it only boot form external USB Floppy.

Could you say to me which type of external usb CD-ROM are you using???

Thank you

#7 danleff

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Posted 02 November 2004 - 01:49 PM

If you already have a usb cdrom drive, do you have the bios set to boot from usb-cdrom as the first boot choice? While it is possible that it may be an issue with the usb cdrom, often folks fail to set the bios correctly to boot from usb-cdrom as your first choice. If you have it set this way, make sure that the usb-floppy is not attached when you try to boot from the cdrom.


Also, what are you trying to boot from the usb cdrom? Is it a bootable cdrom disk, such as an iso image that has been burned as an image to the cd?


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Posted 02 November 2004 - 05:10 PM

Hi,

my question is a OT, I have the same hardware configuration of cynosure , but I'm not curently able to boot from external USB CD-ROM, even if i'm able to boot from USB floopy.

My question is about type of usb cd-rom used by cynosure.

Thank you

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Posted 02 November 2004 - 11:11 PM

Understood, but my comments were about your boot order in the bios. If the boot order is not set correctly, or set at all in the bios, then the usb-cdrom will not be probed to boot. The model or make of cdrom device should not matter (unless it does not comply with standards), but if the laptop's bios is set to boot from usb-cdrom.

Disregard this if you already checked the bios boot order.

#10 cynosure

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 07:51 PM

Hi, else:
I am not visit this site very frequently. so until now I saw your post.
Actually when I got this compaq N400c, it cannot boot from USB-CDROM, the bios version is 1.01 I think. I go to compaq website download the lastest version. (don't know whether it is still on site)
Now my bios version is 1.05 and it support USB-CDROM boot.

In BIOS page.
1. Under Security menu--->Device Security---> make CD-ROM Boot Enable.

2. Under Advanced menu--->Boot Options ---->make boot order CD-ROM first (this item will come up only when you already connect usb-cdrom to the computer).

3. instert disk---reboot
4. I think mandrake linux 10 is missing one file hdcdrom-usb.img which make it unbootable while 9.2 can.
hope this helps.






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