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Bug#302988: IBM Thinkpad T43 hardware detection incomplete

On Wed, Apr 06, 2005 at 07:16:09AM +0200, Christian Perrier wrote:
> > Actually, I think that it is ata_piix.  I am attaching my working
> > kernel config and the output of lsmod.  I am not using an
> > initrd image.  However, if I modprobe ata_piix and sd_mod, the
> > installer still does not find the hard drive.  I don't find any
> > entries in /dev/scsi either.  It does not help to modprobe all of the
> > other sata_* modules either.
> So, loading ata_piix should be the Right Way for discover when finding
> your SATA chipset but what you say it that this is not enough with the
> D-I kernel, right?

I dare to differ.

IIRC  `modprobe ata_piix` generates logging in /var/log/syslog
with information about the chipset (disc-controller) found.

So there is the clue for succesfull `modprobe ata_piix`

> So, this problem is dual:
> -discover needs to load the correct module: easy to fix in pci.lst
> -the kernel module must properly handle your hardware: not easy to
>  fix if this fails with the current 2.6.8-2 kernel we have in D-I
> For everyone reading this: is this the correct conclusion?

I agree on the fix in pci.lst.

I'm not sure about the "kernel module must properly handle hardware".
IMNSHO are inserting kernel modules and scanning for discs
two _different_ actions.

My questions:

* What is the _right way_ to scan for disks in debian-installer?
 * How to trigger it?  (which menu item?)
 * How to check the result? (which command in the vt2 console?)

Geert Stappers

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