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Bug#413931: d-i missing ide modules

On Wednesday 07 March 2007 23:58, Lou Poppler wrote:
> Comments/Problems:
> : The unavailable modules, and the devices that need them are: agpgart
> : (Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge), ide-scsi
> : (Linux IDE-SCSI emulation layer), ide-mod (Linux IDE driver),
> : ide-probe-mod (Linux IDE probe driver), ide-detect (Linux IDE
> : detection), ide-floppy (Linux IDE floppy)

> The text of the error screen, and the text of the Installation Guide,
> seem to be saying clearly that these modules are needed to drive the
> IDE hardware, and this was the last chance to automatically find them,
> and it did not succeed.

No, the message is just informing you that those modules those modules are 
associated with your hardware, but have not been loaded. To be honest, 
that message is there more for debugging than for signalling any real 
Unfortunately it tends to be more confusing than helpful to users.

> I am _very_ reluctant to proceed to partitioning and file-system
> making, for this reason:  A week ago I tried installing on this
> machine, using the 3.1R4 netinst CD and the original 4MB Seagate IDE
> disk that came with this machine.  I saw the same errors about missing
> modules, but proceeded anyway. The installer pretended to partition the
> disk, and pretended to install some stuff for a while, then croaked
> with an error about the disk being Busy. After much investigating of
> the disk with Knoppix and smartctl, it seemed that the disk was
> permanently bad, giving errors on self-tests, unable to successfully
> write to some parts of it, and hanging busy.  I replaced it with 2 nice
> new high-capacity IDE Ultra-ATA disks, and downloaded the newest
> netinst 3.1R5 CD, and tried again today.

It is extremely unlikely that your disk problems were in any way caused by 
the installer, and certainly not by the presence of this message. Note 
that the message would not even be shown during a regular (non-expert) 
installation. That would be unthinkable if it contained any real 

If you select "manual partitioning" in the first dialog of the partitioner 
and the next screen shows your harddisk and the existing partitions that 
are on it, there is nothing to worry about.

> I don't want to destroy my new disks by trying to partition them when
> the installer is plainly telling me it doesn't have the necessary
> kernel modules to do the job.

As I said, it is _not_ saying that. The harddisk problems must have been a 
latent hardware problem that was just exposed by the intensive writing 
that is done during an installation.

Given the age of your system it should be well supported by Sarge. If it 
were a recent system I'd advice to install Etch instead of Sarge, but for 
a Pentium 3 box there is no reason for that.

Hope this gives you the confidence to proceed.


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