Howto create a driver disk?
Rainer.Koenig at fujitsu-siemens.com
Tue Aug 16 15:37:24 UTC 2005
Problem: We have new PC with SiS 761 chipset that introduces a new SATA
controller that is acutally not covered by the sata_sis driver that comes
with any kernel, including the kernels from kernel.org.
Solution: SIS offers a driver source on their website. If I apply this
source on a already installed hard disk (on another system that has an
older SiS chipset) then I can built a kernel, that also starts on the
Remaining problem: Customers that only have the new system and nothing
else still can't install Fedora Core 4 since the installer fails to
detect the hard disk. I guess that's the problem described in
Bug 160404 (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=160404 ).
Possible solution: Fedora Core 4 can be installed with the dd paramter
at boot time, so I need to provide a driver disk. Questions on this:
1. Does this driver disk give me the possibility to provide a patched
version of sata_sis.ko that is used instead of the version that
comes from the installation DVD? So that then the installer detects
my harddisk and installs the patched module as well in the kernel?
2. If (1) can be answered with "yes" then the really important
question is: How do I create such a driver disk? What do I need
for that? How difficult is this process? Are there RPMs with a
sort of "driver disk construction kit" available?
The goal is that we can provide a driver disk for our customers that
enable them to install FC4 on the systems.
Dipl.-Inf. (FH) Rainer Koenig
Project Manager Linux
Fujitsu Siemens Computers
VP BC E SW OS
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