Red Hat Linux/Intel 4.1 (Vanderbilt) Errata
(Updated: 24-Mar-1997 )
The following are known problems specific to Red Hat Linux/Intel 4.1.
Updates are available for FTP from:
Please note that newer versions of some of these packages may be available
in the same location; any new versions which are made available will fix
all of the bugs older versions did, so you can use the latest version with
boot other operating systems with LILO
- (03-Feb-1997) An error in the Red Hat Linux/Intel 4.1 installation
program does not allow you to set up LILO to boot alternate operating systems
(such as MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows 95) in addition to Red Hat Linux.
However, you can set up LILO to boot alternate operating systems after
your Red Hat Linux system is installed.
- (04-Feb-1997) If you are installing Red Hat Linux on a system along
with OS/2, see the various OS/2
mini-HOWTOs for information you need to be aware of.
- You can set up LILO to boot another operating system in one of two
- An automated script is available which will enable LILO to boot MS-DOS
in addition to Red Hat Linux:
To use the script, download it and then execute it as the root user:
- If you would rather configure LILO by hand, or if you wish to boot
an additional operating system other than MS-DOS (such as Microsoft Windows
95), use the following steps:
- Determine where your first MS-DOS (or other operating system) partition
Location IDE drive SCSI drive
first partition on first hard drive /dev/hda1 /dev/sda1
second partition on first harddrive /dev/hda2 /dev/sda2
first partition on second harddrive /dev/hdb1 /dev/sdb1
- Install Red Hat Linux as normal. Configure LILO to boot Linux from
your hard drive.
- Reboot your machine and boot into Linux.
- Add the following to the end of your /etc/lilo.conf file:
replacing /dev/XXXN with the partition from Step 1, and /dev/XXX
with that partition with the number left off (e.g., /dev/hda).
If you wish, you may change the label to suit your taste (e.g.,
- Run /sbin/lilo.
disk install fails
- Installing Red Hat Linux/Intel from hard disk fails with an error message
- Intel: Use the following supplemental disk image if you're installing
from hard disk: supp.img
fails with some SCSI adaptors
- (06-Mar-1997) Some SCSI adapter drivers do not work as modules. If
you are installing Red Hat Linux on a system with one of these SCSI adapters,
you will need to take a few extra steps during the installation.
- Intel: In order to fix the problem, we have created boot disks
which include kernels with the problematic SCSI drivers linked directly
into the kernel. Here's how to use them:
- Choose the appropriate boot image from ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/updates/4.1/images/i386/scsi/:
bootBusLogic.img New driver for BusLogic adapters
boot1740.img Adaptec 1740/1742 EISA adapters
boot1540.img Adaptec 1540/1542 adapters that need parameters
bootaic7xxx.img Adaptec AIC 7xxx adapters that need parameters
booteata_dma.img DPT EATA (DMA) adaptors
bootultrastor.img Primarily intended for Ultrastor 24F
The BusLogic driver is not buggy, but FlashPoint adapters are
not supported by the standard kernel, and this image includes the production-quality
2.1.7 release of the BusLogic driver, which also includes improved recognition
of MultiMaster adapters.
The Adaptec 1542 driver cannot take command-line arguments when
it is compiled as a module. Normally, it needs no arguments, but if you
need to pass it arguments, you will need to use this boot disk and give
it arguments at boot time.
Note: make sure to download the image in binary mode.
- Use dd (under Linux) or rawrite (under MS-DOS) to
write the image to a floppy, creating your boot diskette (see the Red
Hat Linux 4.1 User's Guide, Section 2.3.1, Creating the Boot and
- Reboot your machine using the new boot diskette. When the system prompts
you for a ramdisk, insert the standard Red Hat Linux boot diskette and
- Continue normally with the installation or upgrade. When you have finished
and the computer reboots, put the new boot diskette you created in the
floppy drive and boot using the command:
where `/dev/sd??' is the root partition on which you
installed Red Hat Linux.
- After booting, mount the new boot diskette, probably like this:
mount -t ext2 /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
- Copy the kernel image from the floppy over the default one provided
with the system:
cp /mnt/floppy/vmlinuz /boot/vmlinuz
- Re-run lilo:
- Shutdown and reboot:
/sbin/shutdown -r now
At this point, you should have a working Red Hat Linux system.
- (26-Feb-1997) The Red Hat Linux 4.1 User's Guide, Appendix B: Module
Parameters lists some incorrect module parameters, while other module
parameters are missing.
- (12-Mar-1997) The spbcd module parameters need to be numeric;
see correction below.
- For the Sony CDU31a CD-ROM, the I/O address argument is cdu31a_port
(not cdu31a), and the IRQ argument is cdu31a_irq;
- For the Adaptec 154x SCSI adaptor, the I/O address argument is bases.
- For the spbcd driver, use the following:
where base_address is the base address of the CD-ROM (e.g., 0x230),
and sb_pro_setting is one of the following numeric settings:
0 (for LaserMate)
1 (for SoundBlaster)
2 (for SoundScape)
3 (for Teac16bit)
- For the Seagate module, which drives Seagate ST0x and Future Domain
TMC8xx and TMC9xx SCSI adaptors, use these arguments:
type is 1 for Seagate, or 2 for Future Domain;
shmemaddr is the address of the shared memory segment (for example,
and irq is the number of the IRQ line.
- (07-Mar-1997) dosemu failed to work with an unmodified Linux-2.0.27
kernel. Fixed in dosemu-0.64.1-2 and xdosemu-0.64.1-2.
- (12-Mar-1997) dosemu did not lock serial ports correctly.
Fixed in dosemu-0.64.1-3.
installs fail with 8MB of RAM
- (14-Mar-1997) If you have 8MB of RAM on a machine and are attempting
an FTP, Hard Drive, or PCMCIA install, the installation
system sometimes sets up the supplemental diskette improperly, causing
the install to hang.
- You can work around this behavior by telling the system you have only
7MB of RAM during the install, forcing it to be a bit more conservative
in the way it allocates memory. Boot using the boot diskette, and enter
the following at the LILO prompt:
boot: linux mem=7M