RawWrite for windows

Janina Sajka janina at afb.net
Mon Feb 18 12:34:07 EST 2002

By "screen that wanted the mount point" do you mean the partitioning 
part of the installation? It's probably the trickiest part of the 
installation especially for someone unfamiliar with linux and linux 
terminology. Unfortunately, the Redhat partitioning tool, diskdruid, is 
not as speech friendly as it probably should be, thus compounding the 
dificulty for a new user.

On the positive side, if you're happy letting the installation program 
make decisions for you (we might call this the Microsoft approach), you 
can select "automatic" and things will be done as the routines determine. 

If, however, you want to make your own partitioning decisions, you will 
need to indicate at least the "slash" mount point -- / -- in order to 
proceed. You are strongly advised to spend some time becoming familiar 
with partitioning. The Redhat installation guide is very good on this--and 
it includes advice on keystrokes, not just mouse clicks.

Essentially, there are two parts to the diskdruid main screen. From the 
speech users perspective, these are reached sequentially by tab/alt-tab. 
Actually, these two parts consist of a list of existing partitions as 
defined so far, and a sequence of action buttons one can select by 
pressing enter as one tabs around. These buttons have names like "new," 
"edit," "delete," etc. When you're on these buttons, all you can do is 
press enter to initiate that particular activity, or tab to the next, or 
alt-tab to the previous button. Pressing enter brings up a new screen--a 
subsidiary screen--which guides one through the action. More about that in 
a moment.

So, how do you know when you've tab'd to the list of defined partitions? 
Speakup won't say anything in particular to tell you you've reached that 
list. Instead, here's how you can know. As you tab, you eventually come to 
a button that says "back." When you hear "back" for the first time, tab 
once more. You'll hear speakup say "back" again. You are now on the list 
and can use down arrow (you'll always start at the top of the list) and 
then up arrow to move u through this list. Be careful to use speakup's 
"read current line" key, the number 8 key on the numeric keypad, to 
ascertain that you're actually on the partition you mean to be on before 
editing or deleting it.

Now for a brief word on the subsidiary screens. Some are quite simple, 
others are not. The edit screen, for example, will first give an edit 
field where the mount point for this partition is to be specified. This is 
where you type '/', or '/usr', or '/home', my personal list of the three 
critical partitions to specify separately--but that's yet another story. 
The thing to know is that you use tab and alt-tab in these screens to work 
your way through the various options. Use the screen review features of 
speakup often to understand what's happening. The #8 key is your friend. 
And, if you explore with other keys, remember that the enter key on the 
numeric keypad will return the speakup cursor to the real cursor--the 
place you actually are in this form. Check boxes, by the way, are selected 
and unselected using the spacebar. You'll know you're on a check box 
because you'll hear [*] when that checkbox is selected, and [ ] when it 

Hope this helps.

 On Mon, 18 Feb 2002, Keith H. wrote:

> Thanks again for the tips on rawrite.  I think I have finally got the files
> to transfer to a floppy.
> It doesn't seem to boot up with speech though.  I get to a welcome to RedHat
> screen and when you hit enter to continue, the program stops and I'm back at
> a DOS prompt.  I reacquired the dtlkb.bin and updat.img from the SpeakUp
> site. I haven't had time to do the transfer of the boot images yet. My mom
> spent the weekend at the hospital, and is still there.
> One thing I noticed, after I resorted to using the boot flopy that came with
> RedHat, everything seemed fine until I got to the screen that wanted a mount
> point.  I think there is some reference in Appendix G of the Install Manual.
> Which I will read eventually.  In a real quick nutshell, can anyone shine
> any light on that or what is needed on that field?
> from
> Keith H.
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				Janina Sajka, Director
				Technology Research and Development
				Governmental Relations Group
				American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Email: janina at afb.net		Phone: (202) 408-8175

Chair, Accessibility SIG
Open Electronic Book Forum (OEBF)

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