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Broken Kernel since 2.6.15

I was running FC4 and I was running fine until the kernel-2.6.16.
I kept my older kernel-2.6.15 and 2.6.14 which worked just fine.
The newer kernels can't seem to find my SATA disks.
[Bug 187641] kernel-2.6.16-1.2069_FC4 SATA panic
[Bug 199034] SATA -> Failed to set xfermode -> Kernel panic
I received an email saying:
>FC4 has now transitioned to the Fedora legacy project, which will continue
>release security related updates for the kernel.  As this bug is not
>related, it is unlikely to be fixed in an update for FC4, and has been
>to FC5.

>Please retest with Fedora Core 5.

>Thank you.

I decided to upgrade to FC5 since it still had a kernel-2.6.15.
Now my system won't boot.
I also tried the latest kernel-2.6.17, same thing.
I feel like fedora has pulled the plug on my system.

The funny thing is that I can boot from the DVD and go into rescue mode and
it finds the drive just fine.

So my question is what do I have to do to make a cdrom that I can boot from
and find my disk and load everything else from disk?

I tried a grub floppy, and that worked, but only for the kernels that worked
without it.  So it didn't buy me anything.

So I think the cdrom has to have the kernel on it.

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