Failed to locate CD-ROM device; boot failed
I'm new to Linux; please excuse me if this is a very stupid question.
I got a set of (2) RedHat 8 CDs in the back of a "Dummies" book; I'm trying to use them to install Linux on an older computer (P166).
Trying to boot from CD1, I get the following error:
I tried flashing the BIOS with a newer version; still no go.
ISOLINUX 1.75 2002-06-14 isolinux: Loading spec packet failed, trying to wing it
isolinux: Failed to locate CD-ROM device; boot failed.
I also tried setting PnP in the BIOS to "other" or "none" instead of "Windows 98;" I get the same results with all settings.
My next thought was to boot from a floppy. Strangely, CD1 contains neither the dosutils directory nor the images directory; neither does CD2. Only two *.img files exist on CD1:
I tried downloading boot.img from the RedHat 8.0 FTP. Lacking rawrite, I used tomsrtbt (a 1-floppy distro) and dd to make the disk. It boots, but I get an error towards the beginning of the installer saying the version I booted from doesn't match what's on the CD.
Both tomsrtbt and Win98FE can mount the drive and read without problems.
I'm using an ATAPI TORiSAN CD-ROM CDR_S18. Windows tells me it's on the Secondary IDE controller of an Intel 82371SB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller.
I would greatly appreciate any help!