Description of problem:
On my Sony SR11K laptop with pcmcia cdrom drive, installs are always
painful. Only redhat 7.x worked properly. Once you boot from cdrom,
you must specify ide1=0x180,0x386 for the cdrom to keep working. This
creates an hdc device. Stuff boots on until it loads the yenta_socket,
when it finds another ide device. this becomes hde,
From this point on, the cdrom logs ide timeout errors and fails.
note that I cannot disable the idex= line because then it won't find
the cdrom and won't load the initrd, modules and pcmcia tools. But I
also cannot disable pcmcia detection from Anaconda (AFAIK). I can also
not disable pcmcia in the very limited award bios that Sony ships.
I tried all combinations i could think of as specified in the linux
kernel documention's ide.txt (eg idex=noprobe, hdc=noprobe, and even
things like hdc=scsi or hdc=0x0,0x0)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Find Sony SR11K with cdrom
2. Insert FC 3 test 1
perfectly smooth installation :)
You also need to add pci=off if I remember correctly.
Jeremy: I love you :)
That fixed the problem indeed.