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Bug#283279: ramdisk at ide-floppy

On Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 10:06:38PM +0100, Pascal de Bruijn wrote:
> Geert Stappers wrote:
> >On Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 09:05:30PM +0100, Pascal de Bruijn wrote:
> > 
> >>Debian-installer-version: 
> >>http://cdimage.debian.org/pub/cdimage-testing/sarge_d-i/i386/rc2/sarge-i386-netinst.iso
> >        ^^
> >that is  CD-rom.
> Ok sorry my mistake!
> I took the floppy images off that ISO, from in /install/floppies directory.

 [even initial boot fails]

> >>Comments/Problems:
> >>
> >>I have a LS120 ATAPI floppydrive connected as a Primary Slave. When I use 
> >>a (normal 1.44MB) floppy to boot from, my install gets stuck here:
> >
> >Here you use a floppy  (not the CD rom)
> >Why the sudden switch for CD to floppy?  (please tell the whole story)
> > 
> See the above, I really did use the floppy, I took the floppy images off 
> the iso.
The above 'sorry' is accepted  :-)

> >>Insert the root floppy or plug in a USB storage device.
> >>Press Enter when ready, or type a command: 
> >>
> >>I can press enter all I want, nothing happens!
> >>   
> >Tell us more about you computer.  (Has it an USB keyboard?)
> > 
> >
> It's an ASRock A7VM2 motherboard with an AMD Athlon XP 2200+ processor.
> I'm still using the good old PS/2 for keyboard support. No mouse connected.
> I have a 40GB 5400rpm Seagate drive attached to my motherboards Primary 
> ATA133 channel as Master.
> The LS120 ATAPI Floppy drive is attached to my motherobards Primary 
> ATA133 channel as Slave.
> I don't have a lspci from the machine, but all of the chipsets on it are 
> Via or Via related (like S3 Savage for the videocard). I know I've got a 
> Via-Rhine as NIC, i'm not sure which revision until I get debian installed.
> The machine does have a Via USB 2.0 chipset, providing an ehci and uhci.
> >
> >>Regards,
> >>Pascal de Bruijn
> >>
> >>PS: If this bug gets resolved, please let me know, I'll do a test run :)
> >>
> >It will also take some effort from you, to get it resolved  8^)
> >
> To be honest I think the problem is reasonably simple (though i'm no 
> expert), the installer searches /dev/fd0 and /dev/sda (usb-storage) 
> (maybe /dev/sdb and so on)  for the root disk, right?
> we just need to add /dev/hdb or /dev/hdb1 to that, problem is, it 
> depends on which ata channel the atapi floppy is connected what it's 
> device designation is.
> Also the kernel needs ATAPI floppy support compiled into it, or the 
> modules needs to be on the ramdisk for this to work at all. I'm not sure 
> if that currently is the case!
> >
> >Geert Stappers
> > 
> >
> Please note, I'm not a rocket scientist, these are just my two pennies 
> worth... Maybe I'm totally wrong... Maybe not. I hope to hear from you soon,

I think you are too humble  :D

Your analyzis makes sense. 

But I doubt that is can be fixed that way.
I see problems in the size of a kernel with IDE code,
as it has to fit on a 1.44Mb floppy (2.88Mb??)

About capacity of floppies:
What fits on a LS120 diskette?
Could it hold a kernel and the initrd?

Geert Stappers

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