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Bug#596961: [initramfs-tools] missing radeon firmware (from firmware-linux-nonfree) in initramfs

on the 15th of September 2010, 15:09:09, maximilian attems wrote :
> > > [...]
> > > 
> > > there is no valid point to load it in initramfs, just don't do it.
> > 
> > I didn't change anything in that purpose.
> please post the following file:
> cat /etc/initramfs-tools/modules

It is actually empty (or more exactly completely commented) :
% cat /etc/initramfs-tools/modules                                                                                                                                                       
# List of modules that you want to include in your initramfs.
# Syntax:  module_name [args ...]
# You must run update-initramfs(8) to effect this change.
# Examples:
# raid1
# sd_mod

> > It is seems that with Kernel Mode Settings, the radeon driver must be
> > loaded for the framebuffer console to be activated and that it has to be
> > done before X is started in order not to get a broken X.
> > I'm no expert in that regard, but it seems to be the default debian
> > bahavior anyway, so if you really think that's not a "initramfs-utils"
> > bug maybe you can reassign it to the radeon maintainer.
> what are you talking about?
> the radeon linux-2.6 module should not be loaded in initramfs
> unless you know what you are doing, empty your
> /etc/initramfs-tools/modules if it is in there and regenerate
> update-initramfs.
> currently you have brought zero evidence of a bug,
> even the dmesg snippet just looks fine.

In that case, it might just be an error from my part.
I am trying to get HDMI audio to work and while doing that, people helping me 
on IRC told me that these two lines mean that the problem comes from missing 
I checked and the fact is that I have the firmware on my filesystem, however it 
seems that the radeon driver is loaded early so as to get KMS working 
correctly and therefore I looked at initramfs.
Comparing my initramfs with the one of someone with a similar setting (radeon 
driver / debian sid / update-initramfs generated initramfs) has shown one main 
difference: he has the radeon firmware in his initramfs and I don't.
so I assumed this might be the reason for the problem.

I'm sorry if I'm mistaken and wasting your time. Could you provide me some 
test that I could run to check for sure that the driver is loaded after the 
root FS has been mounted.

Thank you

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