append = tell kernel I have more drives then detected
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Well, I did mount [/dev/hde till /dev/hdh] -r /mnt/cdrom
All I get is /dev/hde till /dev/hdh is not a valid block device. And I have checked the kernel message (dmesg) It doesn't detected the cdroms. I am very sure of this.
When I plug the cd-rom to the PCI-IDE card secondary interface, it is detected and work fine.
Oh I forgot to mention how I revert back to the stock kernel.
I pre-edit the lilo.conf and fstab. It need to be change to /dev/hdf instead of /dev/hdb; basically remapping the drives letter.
But I can't install the remap lilo.conf just yet. So I reboot and boot to Slackware 9 disk 1. Let it boot of the cd, mount /dev/hdf2 /mnt/root.
replace the /etc/fstab (with remapped).
reboot and boot a custom compiled kernel (boot-off-board switch off). Kernel panic.
reboot and boot stock (Slack 9) kernel. Successful with probs mention above.
Well I have Windows 2000 on the same machine. And it runs fine. I would guess that the driver loaded for my PCI-IDE support up to ATA-100 only. The is a newer driver for it which supports up to ATA-133.
I think solution is not that far away. Just recompile the kernel for the next 100 times. HAhaha.. That is not the problem, the problem is putting the bootsector image into Win2k. Damn I need to install GRUB...
When I recompiled the new kernel, and put it to search reverse order (PCI first then mainboard). I did not compiled in the driver for the mainboard IDE. This causes the kernel to quit searching after detecting PCI-IDE.
Therefore, it shouldn't be any problem to have it in reverse order or normal order.
I also compiled RAID driver for my Silicon Image PCI-IDE card. Anyway, I am not using RAID configuration.
2.6.0-test3 kernel seems to behave better then 2.4.21 in the sense that it doesn't disable DMA for my 80GB hdd