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Bug 454027 - aic94xx unable to load firmware during boot
Summary: aic94xx unable to load firmware during boot
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2008-07-03 21:34 UTC by Gustavo Junior Alves
Modified: 2009-05-06 15:22 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2009-05-06 15:22:33 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
bugfix for /sbin/mkinitrd (deleted)
2008-08-05 13:56 UTC, Ivan Afonichev
no flags Details | Diff

Description Gustavo Junior Alves 2008-07-03 21:34:46 UTC
Description of problem:
aic79xx 1.0.2 in fc6 2.6.18-1.2798 does not load microcode or work with 
Adaptec AIC-9410W SAS/SATA Host Adapter
aic79xx 1.0.2 in fc6 2.6.20-1.2948 does load micorcode and does work with
Adaptec AIC-9410W SAS/SATA Host Adapter but only if the system is booted
using a different boot disk.
There are two problems here.
1) mkinitrd does not put the /lib/firmware files into initrd
2) if the /lib/firmware file (aic94xx-seq.fw) required by aic94xx
is put into the initrd image manually, then when aic94xx is loaded by
the init nash script, aic94xx can't load the firmware file
aic94xx: Failed to load sequencer firmware file aic94xx-seq.fw, error -2

Once the system has loaded, rmmod aic94xx followed by modprobe aic94xx
correctly loads aic94xx

Looking at aic94xx code, only the firmware name is passed to the
request_firmware routine. Think this might be part of firmware_class.c
in drivers/base but not able to make much sense of this code.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
fc6 2.6.20-1.2948

How reproducible:
boot system that has aic94xx in the initrd image

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Find system with Adaptec AIC-9410W SAS/SATA Host Adapter
2.Add SCSI adapter and disk and build system on this disk
3.Run mkinitrd having checked that aic94xx is in modprobe.conf
Actual results:
aic94xx: Failed to load sequencer firmware file aic94xx-seq.fw, error -2

Expected results:
aic94xx: using sequencer V30
scsi 3:0:0:0: Direct-Access     FUJITSU  MAX3073RC        0104 PQ: 0 ANSI: 3

Additional info:
Suggestions on a quick fix would be helpful as I really don't want
to use external disks with this system.

This bug is was closed as bug 240105

Comment 1 Gustavo Junior Alves 2008-07-10 19:04:16 UTC
This issue was resolved with "ln -s /firmware $MNTIMAGE/lib/" on line 1423 of

I hope this bug will be resolved soon.

Comment 2 Ivan Afonichev 2008-08-05 13:56:58 UTC
Created attachment 313453 [details]
bugfix for /sbin/mkinitrd

I attached patch with relative path in symbolic link

Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2009-05-06 15:22:33 UTC
This should be fixed in current mkinitrd (not with this patch, but by using /lib/firmware consistently)

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