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Bug 87784

Summary: Can boot from CD, but cant install from CD
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Henrik Holmboe <henrik>
Component: kernelAssignee: Arjan van de Ven <arjanv>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
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Version: 9   
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Hardware: i686   
OS: Linux   
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Description Henrik Holmboe 2003-04-02 14:00:39 UTC
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Description of problem:
I have already solved this for my part, but thought you wanted to know about
this issue.

BIOS detects CDROM just fine. After booting from RHL9 CD1 I can not choose to
install from CD. To work around this problem I installed from harddrive. The
problem resurfaces after installation because no CDROM drive is detected. dmesg
shows nothing. I tried to modprobe ide-cd without any luck. The problem was that
on the same IDE channel I had an IDE Iomega Zip, without power connected to it
but the IDE cable plugged in. The CDROM was physically connected after the Zip
on the cable. Though CD is IDE master (hdc) and Zip is IDE slave (hdd).

After connecting power to the Zip both devices detects fine and is properly
installed in RHL9.

The odd part is that BIOS detects the drive and I can boot from the CDROM, but
RHL9 cant use it. As I said, this is not a problem for me anymore, but you might
want to know about it.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot
2. Try to access CDROM


Actual Results:  RHL9 cant use the CDROM, though detected fine by BIOS

Additional info:

This is a Dell system. Go to and choose
"Dimension XPS R___" from the dropdown list. I have a Pentium II 350MHz CPU (XPS
R350 model).

Comment 1 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:43 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project ( maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
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