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Thanks for the good intel.. From what you said, it seems like we have a kluge, i.e., it works, but it ain't pretty.
Could you expain in a bit more detail what the hdc=ide-scsi parameter tells the kernel. Does it say that hdc is either a scsi block storage device an ide bus or that hdc is a scsi block storage device connected through a scsi adapter on an ide bus? Or something else?
By analogy I presume one could, in theory if not in practice, have a parameter, pci-scsi.
At a deeper level, it seems we are dealing with "buses" and the interfaces between them. I use "buses" in quotes because it may only be correct to use the term bus for "connections" inside the box. But is seems to me that USB is fundamentally a type of bus.