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F7T4 and SATA/IDE testing - a call to arms!



Hi, folks!

This is your early warning that F7Test4 - the last of the pre-F7 test
releases - is coming out NEXT WEEK. 

IF YOU HAVE BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS WITH DISK DETECTION AND/OR OTHER
DISK-RELATED THINGS, please read this!

One of the biggest changes in F7 is the new IDE driver stack, which uses
libata (like the SATA drivers do). Not only are IDE hard drives now
called /dev/sdX, but they're using new and interesting code. This could
be (and has been) causing some problems relating to drive detection at
boot time and install time, especially with upgrades from FC6 and
earlier.

Here's a couple of common examples: 

Bug #225026: pata_amd not loaded so no drives found 
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=225026
Already fixed for Test4.

sata_sil causes system freeze
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=232991
This only affects one machine that we've seen - if you've seen it too,
please let us know!

I'm sure there's more bugs out there, so here's where we need your help.

* If you have already filed a bug, make sure of the following.
1) The following information should be attached:
  - lspci output (try 'lspci > lspci.txt')
  - dmesg output (same, 'dmesg > dmesg.txt')
Please make sure those things are added to the bug as attachments, not
pasted into the comment box.
2) Make sure the bug is filed against the component 'kernel', and
version 'devel'.

* If you haven't filed a bug, *please* try installing from rawhide
(see http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Testing#installing-rawhide for info)
to see if the problem is fixed. If it still happens, FILE A BUG!

If you need help filing a bug, come by #fedora-qa on freenode and we'll
be happy to help.

Furthermore, this Friday we'll be trying to sort out all of the
outstanding disk driver bugs. If you want some help tracing your
problem, come by #fedora-devel sometime around 1pm EDT (1700UTC) and
we'll help as best we can.

Thanks for your support!

-w

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