Bug 36689 - Installer won't locate driver disk in LS-120 ide floppy drive /dev/hdX
Installer won't locate driver disk in LS-120 ide floppy drive /dev/hdX
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Brent Fox
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-04-19 17:03 EDT by Scott Grigsby
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Description Scott Grigsby 2001-04-19 17:03:18 EDT
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My floppy drive is an (IDE) LS-120 "SuperDisk" that the kernel detects as
/dev/hdd.  I can boot from the boot floppy, but when the installer asks me
to insert the driver disk, it only looks for the floppy in /dev/fd0, which
doesn't exist.  And I can't find any way to tell the installer to look for
the driver disk in another location, such as /dev/hdd, where my floppy
really is.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot the install disk from an ide-floppy device (e.g. LS-120) that would
be detected as /dev/hd*
2. At the boot prompt, type 'linux expert dd' to make it request a driver
3. When it asks for the driver disk, notice that the installer looks for it
in /dev/fd0, which would normally be correct, but not if you have an
ide-floppy drive, which is actually /dev/hdd (or whatever -- depends on
where the device is installed).  The installer will never find the driver

Actual Results:  The installer complains that it can't find the driver disk
in /dev/fd0.

Expected Results:  The installer should ask the user where the floppy disk
(drive) is located,  so you can  tell it to look in /dev/hdd (or wherever).

I have a Gateway Solo 9100 laptop with an LS-120 floppy drive and DVD
I really could solve this problem by going out and buying the RedHat CDROM,
but I'm trying to install RH7.1 from an NFS partition on my desktop
machine, so I need to boot the pcmcia disks (and load the driver disk) to
get my CardBus ethernet card to work.
Comment 1 Brent Fox 2001-04-19 19:01:55 EDT
Can you disable your floppy controller in the bios?  On my test machine here, I
have an LS-120, but no floppy.  The driver disk won't work unless I disable the
floppy controller in the bios.  Otherwise, the kernel sees the controller and
assumes that there is a device at /dev/fd0.  Try this and tell me if it works.
Comment 2 Scott Grigsby 2001-04-19 19:22:32 EDT
Yes, that worked!  (I had stupidly(?) assumed that disabling the floppy
controller in the bios would render the LS-120 drive completely disabled -- i.e.
non-functional.)  I should have tried it anyway.  Thanks for the help!!

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