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Old 02-04-2005, 02:08 PM   #1
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Why does my external IDE-device with firewire not run? (SUSE 9.1)

LG-GSA-4163-DVD in ext. housing Mapower KC51C1 on firewire not recognized SUSE 9.1

Hi forum,

I have an old PII (Deschutes/450MHz) PC installed with Suse Linux 9.1. This pc has only old USB 1.whatever (not 2.0) and Firewire (IEEE 1394).

I bought a DVD -burner, a LG-GSA 4163 dual-layer, DVD RAM, +-RW. After fitting this internal IDE drive into my also brandnew external housing, a Mapower KC51C1 combo (it has USB 2.0 and Firewire), I want to run/install this in my linux machine. But my machine does not recognize it at all. Though, it recognizes a IEEE1394 controller, as I do a HW/check:

(BTW, it is recognized on my WINdows XP machine, so malfunction of the housing and LG is not the problem)

This is what the HW/detection says:

22: PCI 06.0: 0c00 FireWire (IEEE 1394) (OHCI)
[Created at pci.244]
Unique ID: H0_h.5ZXFFivsx16
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:06.0
SysFS BusID: 0000:00:06.0
Hardware Class: firewire controller
Model: "Texas Instruments FireWire Controller"
Vendor: pci 0x104c "Texas Instruments"
Device: pci 0x8009 "FireWire Controller"
SubVendor: pci 0x104c "Texas Instruments"
SubDevice: pci 0x8003
Revision: 0x01
Driver: "ohci1394"
Memory Range: 0xde000000-0xde0007ff (rw,non-prefetchable)
Memory Range: 0xdd800000-0xdd803fff (rw,non-prefetchable)
IRQ: 10 (9407 events)
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: ohci1394 is active
Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe ohci1394"
Config Status: cfg=yes, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown

I am not sure if all necessary drivers for IEE1394 are installed. I have also heard of a iee1394 library , but it is not present on my system, the only installed sw/driver is a so called libraw1394 library.

Does someone know how to make this device run?

best regards
Old 02-06-2005, 05:13 AM   #2
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I don't know specific details for suse but with slackware I made a similar disc work

first you need the firewire drivers (sbp2) as modules in your kernel, but also the scsi disk
support (sd_mod ?)

while you plug the disk you can try to follow what is going on with
tail -f /var/log/messages (or similar in the unlikely case this is different for suse)

what is supposed to happen is that some firewire stuff appears and afterwards the sbp2
module will be loaded by the hotplug stuff, then there will appear a new scsi disk

when this works you can also try to set up a udev entry for it to make sure you always have
it on the same device.

Old 02-08-2005, 10:09 AM   #3
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Hi Tlowk,

first I have the problem, that I cannot acces firewire at all in my Linux SUSE 9.1 system at all. The only package I have found (and installed) on my distribution is the libraw1394. I have tried to find the packages described by you, but I cannot find anything like sbp2 or sd_mod.
Are there any firewire libs that one has to install independand of the distribution? The fact, that I cannot find any further packages that can be installed to run 1394 is very suspicious to me, as normally in any other situation when I wanted to install something I just put in the installation medium and - bingo, the desired piece of software was there. But no further firewire - this leads me to the assumption, that this may just be a configuration problem? Any further tipps?


Old 02-08-2005, 12:33 PM   #4
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What I mentioned are part of the kernel, normally I prefer to avoid modules but for the
hotplug stuff it seems easier to use modules, since most of the scripts rely on in

check your

for files like sbp2.o or sbp2.ko and related stuff maybe a modprobe
of ohci1394 can also help to get the basic support



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