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Re: how to control/override dev assigment 3ware and USB

RParr wrote:
I am trying to install using Debian etch b3 daily snapshot for 2006.09.19.

The system is a Chaintech MB with Intel 875 chipset. There is a 3ware 8006 (SATA, 2port) and a USB card reader installed. The CD is attached to secondary IDE on-board controller. I have now disabled the primary IDE on-board controller and the on-board SATA controller.

The installation goes fine. The 3ware is found as /dev/sde. Using the b3 installer, grub failed to install but with the daily snapshot grub installed fine.

Upon reboot, grub is found, the 3ware is found as /dev/sde, a couple of things accessing the 3ware go fine, then the USB card-reader is found and it assigns devices /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, /dev/sdd, and then stops /dev/sde, where upon the boot freezes.

I need to some how overcome this conflict.

I booted a Knoppix LiveCD to try fixing the system, or at least get device details but the logs are empty.

Is this a known problem?

Does any one have suggestions on how best to fix this?

I am still unable to get Debian installed on this machine.

I AM able to boot Knoppix LiveCD and NOT have any device conflicts. Knoppix (5.0.1) assigns the 3ware /dev/sde and the USB card reader as /dev/sda, sdb, sdc, and sdd and thus has no conflict.

I used the Debian netinst to boot into rescue mode, change the apt sources.list from etch to sid and dist-upgrade. That went well and the system is now booting the 2.6.17 kernel but still freezing because /dev/sde is reassigned.

I have already edited /etc/default/bootlogd to enable boot logging but I get no logs.

1) Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can log the initial boot up stuff and figure out if something is getting assigned to /dev/sda (and thus starting the USB reading at /dev/sdb) or if the USB assignment is just wrong.

2) Does anyone know how best to prevent the USB drive assignments from happening.

R.Parr, RHCE, Temporal Arts

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