manual & docs
drivers & updates
What you need to know about the aero
Partitioning the harddisk
Choosing the installation method
Preparing the Aero for a Red Hat 6.1 harddisk install
The Red Hat 6.1 Installation Process
Access to DOS-Partitions
Patching and compiling a new kernel
Solving the RAM problem
Installing PCMCIA and configuring it for Bad RAM
Finished - What comes next?
Advanced Power Management
Getting WebDAV to work with XP
GNU Free Documentation License
the people (& their mails)
the aeros wildest dream...
And getting it to work
The aero's PCMCIA-floppy drive is not automatically found by linux. You have to take several steps to use it.
----------------------snip-------------------------- The PCMCIA floppy interface used in the Compaq Aero and a few other laptops is not yet supported by this package. The snag in supporting the Aero floppy is that the Aero seems to use a customized PCMCIA controller to support DMA to the floppy. Without knowing exactly how this is done, there isn't any way to implement support under Linux. If the floppy adapter card is present when an Aero is booted, the Aero BIOS will configure the card, and Linux will identify it as a normal floppy drive. When the Linux PCMCIA drivers are loaded, they will notice that the card is already configured and attached to a Linux driver, and this socket will be left alone. So, the drive can be used if it is present at boot time, but the card is not hot swappable. ----------------------snap----------------------------
Regarding this there are additional two steps to make the aeros-floppy drive work, if inserted at boot.
Step 1: Making the PCMCIA-floppy visible to linux
The Aero Linux-FAQ says:
"Remove /dev/fd0, and replace with a symlink to fd0H1440. This defeats autodetection of formats, which failed."
That means: The format of the aeros pcmcia-floppy-drive is not automatically detected by linux. Normally linux uses the device "fd0" for the floppy, this is wrong. It has to be the device "fd0H1440". Because of this misunderstanding you will get an error code everytime you try to connect to the floppy.
rm -f /dev/fd0
ln -s /dev/fd0H1440 /dev/fd0
In the field at the top give in: "/dev/fd0H1440".
In the field at the bottom give in "/dev/fd0"
Step 2: Mount the floppy drive
Now make sure that the floppy can be "mounted" (That means that you can access its contents). Therefore you have to look into the file "/etc/fstab". If you use midnight commander go to "/etc", select the file "fstab" and hit F4 for editing it.
---------- /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy ext2 noauto,users 0 0 ----------
The first information is the device that is called. The second is the mount-point - this is the place where the contents of the device (i.e. the content of the floppy" will be displayed. The third information is the filesystem, the next are options.
---------- /dev/fd0 /mnt/msfloppy vfat noauto,users 0 0 ----------
to get access to dos-floppys.
If the directories are missing create them with
mkdir /mnt/floppy mkdir /mnt/msfloppy
You now get access to the floppy by mounting them with
If you want to exchange the floppy you have to unmount the directory first.
(You can not command this while you still are in the directory /mnt/msfloppy).
Then insert the next floppy and mount it again.
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