The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

I've got those Linux Installation Blues

It wasn't that easy, just putting a harddrive into another computer, copying the installation to that, copying the Cobalt RaQ4 kernel, and booting from there.


Didn't work.

Looks like I may have to do one of the more involved installations, or Smirk is just going to have to learn to live with what I've got.

Somehow, I'm guessing I'm going to be doing one of the more involved installations.

On the other hand, I've narrowed down why the PC didn't like the Cobalt RaQ4 drive, and it didn't have anything to do with the drive itself—I'm not sure if it was the cable or the controller. The IDE cable in the PC is an 80-wire cable (where every other wire is ground). One drive plugged in works. Two, the second one isn't recognized at all. I tried a traditional 40-wire cable and again, one drive worked, two didn't.

I'm not sure what to make of that. I ended up hooking power to the two drives from the PC, and using the 40-pin cable to hook the two drives to the Cobalt RaQ4. That was rather amusing but it worked.

What wasn't rather amusing was one of the fans on the Cobalt RaQ4—it sounded like I was working next to a jet engine. That will definitely have to be replaced.

More on this as details become available.

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