Time to switch to a "pure SCSI" system
Posted Nov 30, 2006 2:15 UTC (Thu) by proski
Parent article: Kernel release status
To switch to the PATA, make sure you mount all filesystems by label or UUID. Even FAT filesystems can be mounted by labels, but keep in mind that they will always be uppercase. Swap partitions can have labels too, but I don't know if it can be set while in use, so turn the swap off and use "mkswap -L LABEL" on the partition.
Check /etc/fstab and the bootloader configuration (especially the "root" option) and make sure no hard drivers are referred to by the /dev/hd* names.
Make sure the system still boots and mounts everything correctly. Now you can try the PATA enabled kernel. If it doesn't work well, you can always go back.
Once the PATA enabled kernel boots properly, you can make final adjustments, such as all remaining references to /dev/hd* under /boot, links to the CD-ROM devices in ~/.wine/dosdevices and whatever else you can think of. When referring to the hard drive partitions, you can use links under /dev/disk/by-label created by udev.
You still can go back to the IDE kernels. They would boot even if those adjustments are not reverted.
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