Bug 385201 - Anaconda should try ata_generic driver with all_generic_ide=1 option if all else fails
Summary: Anaconda should try ata_generic driver with all_generic_ide=1 option if all e...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: 418441
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-11-15 18:21 UTC by Arjan van de Ven
Modified: 2009-01-09 07:25 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 07:25:42 UTC

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Description Arjan van de Ven 2007-11-15 18:21:58 UTC
Description of problem:

On systems of which the IDE controllers PCI ID isn't known by the kernel yet 
(for example hardware that comes out after the Fedora release), right now the 
user needs to
1) extract the modules.cgz
2) manually insmod the ata_generic.ko with the all_generic_ide=1 module option
in the middle of the installation process on the terminal.

Now of course for the "normal" case this isn't something that anaconda should 
do by default, but for the scenario where anaconda realizes that there is no 
storage device to install to at all, it would be a good option to have 
anaconda do this modprobing/etc instead, because chances are good that this 
driver works (albeit slowly).

A second option (not currently enabled in fedora) is trying the pata_acpi 
driver; I don't know how well that one works.

Comment 1 Arjan van de Ven 2007-11-15 18:24:57 UTC
If this can be done, it will greatly improve the experience of installing 
Fedora on new hardware; especially since the assumption that a kernel update 
will then later add "native" support for the storage to make it go actually 

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