Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 135759
network install fails for smc-ultra, module loads OK but anaconda says not
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:51 EST
Description of problem:
Attempting a network install (either from diskboot.img on HD or from
home grown floppy boot image, in text mode), the installer prompts for
selection of driver, loads the driver and then complains that it
can't find the device.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot diskboot.img
2. ... select network install
3. select smc-ultra, (set io parameters manually)
The installer repeats the "Unable to find any devices of the type
needed for this installation type" screen.
* loaded 8390 from /modules/modules.cgz
* loaded smc-ultra from /modules/modules.cgz
* inserted /tmp/8390.ko
* inserted /tmp/smc-ultra.ko
* load module set done
<4>smc-ultra.c: v2.02 2/3/98 Donald Becker ...
<4>eth%d: SMC Ultra at 0x300, 00 00 C0 A9 56 D3, IRQ 10 memory
<7>divert: allocating divert_blk for eth0
If I select back, go to the CDROM install, install the driver for
that, skip the media test it says "The following devices have been
found on your system: SMC Ultra, SMCEtherEZ ISA (smc-ultra)" and the
Furthermore, if I then wait until there's a bash prompt on VC2 I can
ifconfig eth0 manually and ping other hosts on the network, so the
driver is working OK.
Should prompt for network details etc.
Intel VS440 mo/bo
ISA network cards are no longer supported for installation.
Given that there can't be all that many people still using them,
that's fair enough, I suppose. It seems a bit of a pity, though, as
one of the selling points of Linux for me was that it continued to
work with ancient hardware, when W$ didn't.
Would it be possible to modify the installer so that (for unsupported
hardware) there was an option of continuing anyway, under the
assumption that I know what works better than it does?
It's easy for me to mess around with initrds and kernel driver
modules, but hacking anaconda so that it accepts that a module as been
correctly loaded is a different kettle of fish.