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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:31 pm 
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I am attempting to install Knoppmyth R5C7 on an old machine which I know may struggle to support it. The computer is a Pentium 2 350 Mhz, 256 MB.

When I try to boot from the CD, Knoppix starts but freezes at
"Looking for CDROM in: /dev/hdc"

I have tried booting with NODMA, NOAPIC, FAILSAFE all with the same result.

I have investigated the BIOS and tried changing secondary IDE detection from Auto to CDROM. No joy.

I have tried the disk in a newer computer and it works and allows installation.

Has anyone got any ideas?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:08 pm 
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Further to the above I have checked the MD5sum and reburnt the CD at the slowest speed. Same result.

Anyone??


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:11 am 
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Problem Solved.

I changed the CDROM drive for another and it worked. It's funny because the original drive has allowed me to install other distros on the machine.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 6:31 am 
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great search engine on this forum... i didnt find this post by searching "Looking for CDROM in:"

Anyways im having the same problem, expcept mine is searching for a CDROM in hda ?????

by the way did you ever get this system working? I have a P2 400mhz backend running dual tuners at the moment, its doable

Currently building a new backend P3 ighz... if i can get it to boot


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:09 pm 
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soundoff wrote:
Anyways im having the same problem, expcept mine is searching for a CDROM in hda ?????
Sounds like a bad burn/media/drive. You should first vary the MD5Sum of the ISO you download then:
Reburn at a lower speed or different media.
Try another CD-ROM drive in teh system.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 2:39 am 
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thanks for the reply cecil - appreciated.

I have installed using this CDR and this CDROM drive before, I will still try another disc and drive...

By the way i low level formatted my drive and it made no difference... doh!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:15 am 
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sorted!!!

dodgy IDE cable on my hard disk (pri master)

I noticed the bios was also having issues with detecting the drive properly, replaced the cable and its all good ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 2:55 pm 
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Soundoff,

In answer to your question about did I get my system working on the PII, the answer is no. I suspect it is due to my tuner card Winfast XP2000 Expert which does not seem to be very compatible with MythTV. My next project is to try Knoppmyth in a more modern machine P4 2.6Ghz but still using the same card (because that's what I have).


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:55 pm 
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To get away with a very low end machine you either need to be streaming DVB broadcasts directly to your hard drive, or if your encoding analog TV use a card that does hardware encoding..

I have dual digital tuners in my P2 400 and it works great. Only problem is mythweb is a little slow but its still very useable


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