How do I force IDE CD-ROM drive detecting during the Linux installation?

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Q. I am having big problem detecting my IDE CD-ROM drive during the Linux installation. I am using white box Intel server and Samsung CD ROM. How do I tell installer to use CD-ROM or how do I provide the driver (and where to get drivers) to installation program?


A: There are many reasons why your IDE CDROM is not detected by Linux installation program. The easiest way to tell Linux to use particluer IDE channel as IDE drive is to pass an argument at boot: prompt. For example if your IDE cdrom connected to /dev/hdb (primary slave) then you can type following argument at boot: prompt and press enter to start Linux installation program:

boot: linux hdb=cdrom


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

3 comment

  1. Hi

    I have tosiba tecera 8200 laptop and tring to install the RHEL 4, but getting stuck at the begining as the installer is not able to load the USB- CDROM driver and the connection to the drive is not getting for further loading the /sbin/loader files.

    Please let me know?????????????

    Thanking you


  2. My cd & dvd drive didn’t work on linux.when i insert any disk to it simply nothing happen.But cd&dvd works fine under xp.It specifies dvd drive as scd0.when i double click the scd0 it gives an error msg. PLEASE ANYBODY HELP ME…

  3. Hi,

    I hava acer 5738 laptop. I already have installed window on it and now I want to install linux.
    Once I tried to do it. It stuck at point asking for drivers. As I am beginner for linux and doesn’t know more about linux. please tell me the solution. So that I could install linux on the laptop without removing windows and my data. I could make free space for linux ( about 100 GB).

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thanking you


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