Problems with Sarge to read CD-ROM =(

Help with issues regarding installation of Debian

Problems with Sarge to read CD-ROM =(

Postby junkman » 2006-07-21 08:46


I have downloaded and burned the Debian Netinst CD and when I wanted to try it out on my old computer, the installation program went stuck just before the message "Scanning CD-ROM".

I have seen this and I know why it happens (I was an ex-Ubuntu user). THe problem lies in the boot-parameters, where I have to specify "linux pci=off" to have the CD-ROM mounted properly, but then I have the problem that Debian can't find my Ethernet card. :(

Eversince I use the "linux pci=off" boot option, the Ethernet card doesn't work, but my CD-ROM works (mounts).
But if I don't use the "linux pci=off" boot option, then the Ethernet card works, but my CD-ROM doesn't.

Is there any solution?
I am sure there's another boot parameter I need to use but at the moment I don't know what it is.

My computer specs:

Intel Pentium II 350Mhz
192Mb RAM
ATI Rage Pro II

Thank you very much!
I hope to be a happy Debian user, thank you :o
Debian, a mystery..
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Postby anystupidassname » 2006-08-02 16:00

Sounds like there might be a resource conflict. Try disabling as much as possible in the BIOS and forcing ACPI data to be rebuilt/redetected. You can even try moving PCI devices around to different slots. Alternatively, you could try booting from a floppy such as "bootable CD loader" ( and telling it to boot from the CD.
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Postby Harold » 2006-08-02 22:58

Somewhere in your BIOS setup is a line which says something to the effect of "Are you using a PnP Operating System? [y/n]." The first thing you want to check is that BIOS setting. Linux is not a PnP operating system.

I know this sounds like strange advice, but, if your BIOS already indicates that you are not using a PnP operating system, then try flipping the switch to the other position to see what happens.

If you want more background on this, Google for linux AND bios AND pnp.
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Postby junkman » 2006-08-07 15:19

Thank you for your replies.
I have already disabled the PnP setting and everyhing else that's not needed. I also have tried to play with my hardware (moving stuff to other slots, etc.)

But nothing worked, I have not yet tried the 'bootable CD loader' but I think it might help me.

Thank you!
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