Installing initrd

Jan-Christoph Bornschlegel trollfood at googlemail.com
Thu Nov 19 23:55:27 PST 2009


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Hello,

Shirley Temple schrieb:
> My only two options for my scsi host system is to either compile the
> drivers into the kernel at make time or to add initrd, I believe? I
> checked out on google about compiling the drivers into the kernel and it
> looked above my level.

Yes, that rings a bell :)

I had exactly the same trouble here, but I did exactly the other way. It
is not as difficult as it sounds.
In my particular case the driver(s) for my IDE controller(s) were wrong.
To find out the exact driver versions you need there are two helpful things.

1) The help text in the menuconfig. There are for most cases (e.g. "old
Promise PATA controllers") version information which you can match with
the things that...
2) ...hwinfo tells you.

I admit it is a bit of work becasue you may be ending up browsing a lot
of driver help texts to find the right ones. But you'll find the
cleanest solution.
Ah, and don't ever use modules, because then you'll end up having to use
initrd/initramfs anyway.

Cheers,
Jan
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