booting w/o CDROM hardware, then inserting later?
- I recently purchased a Latitude CPxH500GT, and installed RH Linux 6.2
on it. Everything is operational, but I was wondering if anyone has
made it posisble to boot without the cdrom present, and then swap it
I have compiled both the floppy drive "floppy.o" and ide-cd "ide-cd.o"
as loadable modules. If I boot with the cdrom in, and then remove it
later after using "rmmod ide-cd", I can swap out the floppy or cdrom
I should add that I have temporarily disabled the "magicdev" binary by
renaming it to something else... it seems that the GNOME environment
runs "magicdev" to keep track of CDROM insertions and auto-mounting,
etc. Perhaps unchecking all auto-mounting options in the GNOME
config. tool under cdrom would accomplish the same... but if you
take care of this, you wouldn't be able to unload the "ide-cd" module
while using the GNOME interface.
If I boot without the cdrom present, then I receive the following
message when explicitly issuing a "mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom"
"mount: the kernel does not recognize /dev/cdrom as a block device
(maybe 'insmod driver'?).
I also tried adding append="hdc=cdrom onlycd=none" to lilo.conf -- I
have seen this written up elsewhere as preventing the kernel from
auto-detecting the CDROM device, and forces it to think the CDROM
exists on hdc regardless of whether it can see it or not.
Any tips appreciated!