Re: [pc110] compact flash with linux

Fringe Ryder (fringe nospam at
Tue, 06 Oct 1998 20:23:32 -0700

I used slackware, not redhat, but my insights are...

1) Getting Linux to recognize two compact-Flash cards was just a matter of
correcting io.c and recompiling. (I believe that was the file.) I don't
remember what line, and I'm under NT at the moment, but I can look through
the source code if you care that much.

2) I have xfree 3.3.1 working just fine. I didn't even have to change any
source code or recompile, which was a pleasant change after my battles with
the kernel. (The PC110 was my first-ever Linux experience, and it wasn't
so easy.)

3) The 4MB internal flash is not removable. I haven't heard of anybody
replacing it. It is probably soldered on.


At 10:13 AM 10/7/98 +0900, pat cavanagh wrote:
>hi there!
>i got a pc110 over at tzone, and i installed linux. to install,
>i put the hard drive into my notebook, and fipsed it into having
>two partitions. then i copied a bunch of slackware disks onto
>the dos partition.
>after that i booted with the slackware boot disk called "bare.i".
>i used the "color.gz" root disk. i thought that there might be a
>problem with using two floppies, because i read that on a web
>page somewhere, but it worked ok.
>the two-floppy redhat boot floppies also booted the system, but
>there was some other problem that made it impossible to install.
>unfortunately i forgot what the other problem is. maybe it was that
>i didn't have enough disk space to copy all the rpm files to the
>dos partition, and i couldn't think of a way to decide which rpms
>i would need. so i think a redhat install would be possible, if you
>know what all the packages do and all their dependencies.
>after installing slackware, i tried to configure x-windows. this was
>very hard, because i was using xfree86-3.3.1 which doesn't work.
>i found another web page that said that xfree86-3.3.1 doesn't work, and
>use 3.1.2. so i used 3.1.2 which works.
>then i tried to use a second compact flash card. this causes kernel panics.
>does anybody know how to compile a kernel which can use two compact
>flash cards and a hard drive? i tried the patch to ide.c off zhou's page,
>but that didn't fix the problem.
>also, is the internal 4 meg flash card removable? has anybody tried
>replacing it with a larger card?