laptop linux woes

I made the mistake of wanting to upgrade to SUSE 9.3 Professional on my laptop. I say it’s a mistake because I’ve completely screwed up and can’t get SUSE to install on it properly again. The Vaio has a PCMCIA CD-ROM which the SUSE manual installer detects as /dev/hda and my actual hard drive as /dev/hdc. This is all well and good until the install is complete and the system attempts to reboot. Well, the CD-ROM drive isn’t initialized at this point, so to the MBR we go to get LILO. Looks like we’re about to get somewhere – but wait! Where’s /dev/hdc? The boot process dumps to a VERY MINIMAL shell at this point and I’m left with an unusable system. I found a few things online, but nothing has worked so far. If anyone has any ideas on how to force the installer to make the hard drive /dev/hda during setup, please help! In the meantime, I’ll be sitting here pulling my hair out. Have a nice day…