Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 19735
Can't Install from IBM Thinkpad Portable Drive Bay CD-ROM
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
I'm trying to install Deluxe Workstation 7.0 from the boxed set on an IBM
Thinkpad 240X with the IBM Portable Drive Bay and the IBM 24X CD-ROM
installed. The drive bay connects to the laptop using a PCMCIA card that
appears to be an IDE interface. The BIOS does not seem to have an option for
booting from the CD-ROM. I created a boot disk from the "pcmcia.img" file on
the installation CD-ROM. When I bootstrap the machine, I eventually see a
quick dialog box "Initializing PC Card Devices." This is followed by two
I then go through the language and keyboard selections, but when I get to
the Installation Method menu, my only choice is "Hard Drive." I'll try to
copy the <CTRL><ALT><F4> log messages below:
<6> ISA irqs (scanned) = 3,4,7,9,10,15 PCI status changes
<30>Oct 24 21:58:44 cardmgr: starting, version is 3.1.8
<30>Oct 24 21:58:44 cardmgr: watching 1 sockets
<30>Oct 24 21:58:44 cardmgr: Card Services release does not match!
<6>cs: IO port probe 0x0c00-0x0cff: excluding 0xcf8-0xcff
<6>cs: IO port probe 0x0800-0x08ff: clean.
<6>cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x398-0x39f 0x3b8-0x3df 0x4d0-
<30>Oct 24 21:58:44 cardmgr: could not open /var/run/cardmgr.pid: %m
<30>Oct 24 21:58:44 cardmgr: fopen(stabfile) failed: %m
<30>Oct 24 21:58:45 cardmgr: initializing socket 0
<6>cs: memory probe 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff: clean.
<30>Oct 24 21:58:45 cardmgr: socket 0: IBM Portable Drive Bay
<30>Oct 24 21:58:45 cardmgr: executing: '/modprobe ide_cs.0'
<4>hdc: TOSHIBA CD-ROM XM-7002B, ATAPI CDROM drive
<4>ide1 at 0x320-0x327,0x32e on irq 3
<4>hdc: ATAPI 24X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache
<6>Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.10
<6>ide_cs: hdc: Vcc = 5.0, Vpp=0.0
<30>Oct 24 21:58:49 cardmgr: fopen(stabfile) failed: %m
<30>Oct 24 21:58:49 cardmgr: exiting
Clearly the OS recognizes the hardware at some low level, but the CD-ROM
support is being lost somewhere between there and the installer software.
I gave this a high priority for two reasons. First, I have no other way to
install the software. Second, I only bought the software because presales
support told me that the hardware was supported.
Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
I suppose I should mention that the CD-ROM drive in the Portable Drive Bay works
fine with Windows, so the device itself appears to be fine.
After some feedback from support (See service request 160875), I'm coming to the
conclusion that either (a) RH 7.0 does not support the IBM CD-ROM as promised, or
(b) there may be a programming error in the pcmcia.img installation program.
Support suggested that the driver for the CD-ROM was on the drivers.img disk
image on the installation CD-ROM, and that I try doing the installation from
expert mode. I did this, installing the drivers disk when prompted, but despite
the fact that there clearly ARE CD-ROM drivers among those on the drivers.img
disk, when I get to the "Installation Method" menu, the only device class
displayed is "Hard Drive," and the only drivers available from drivers.img
(accessed with <F2>) are hard disk drivers.
Thus, it seems that either there is no appropriate driver for the CD-ROM (and
indeed, none of the drivers in the drivers.img bundle appear to be for an IBM or
Toshiba drive), or if some generic driver does support the IBM/Toshiba hardware,
the installation program is not showing it to me.
If the drive is a EIDE based drive then you shouldn't require a driver disk.
This problem has been reported previously - thank you for the information you
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 18450 ***