searching ohci IEEE 1394 driver....

Posted on 2003-03-16
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
Dear Developers,

I have a laptop with P4 2.4GHz, including almost all ports, already installed and working Windows XP fine. Now, when I try to installed Red Hat  Linux on another partiton of HD, then just in the beginning the message window appear with the message of:
             Searching ochi IEEE 1394 driver .....

at this stage it hangs up... i think this port is not support current version of linux.. or may be any other reason. Please give me any suitable advice to solve this problem.... one more thing.. is it possible that to disable IEEE 1394 port from BIOS.. I tried it but couldn't find any proper option..

thanks.. appreciate for prompt reply.
Question by:obaig
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

Expert Comment

ID: 8154047

I have a firewire IEEE1394 drive that I have used from RedHate and Mandrake. The card is not on the mobo (not sure if yours is). When I have installed linux nothing at all comes up for ieee1394, meaning nothing is installed.

However, the related modules for ieee1394 are part of the linux kernel 2.4.? and above. All you have to do is load them after boot (they can be scripted into the boot process as well). For me it works like this (regardless of distro):

modprobe ochi1394
modprobe sbp2

mount /dev/sda1 /firewire

The firewire card is "sda1" but may not be the same on your system depending on what hardware you have. A good way to check is with the following command:

dmesg | grep 1394

If something comes up it means the module loaded ok. Look for references to "sd" something.

Note also that I have never had this work right if the modules are part of the kernel. They always had to be loaded separately. Possibly you could remove the ieee1394 card during installation. If the interface is on the mobo I am not sure what to tell you.

One more thing: the log delay may be that the installer is trying to contact a busy download site (probably RH's) to get the driver. This might be the case if you have specified all the network stuff before the ieee1394 part.

Hope this helps...


Author Comment

ID: 8156750
no.. i couldn't understand it, i can't do anything because is just stopped in the beginning process of the installation of RED HAT 8 on my laptop computer. I have Taxas Instrument ohci IEEE 1394 built-in device.

I need to know, what option could allow me to skip the searching process to this device or how can i use it properly to install this OS..

I already tried it for Red Hat 8 and Mandrak 9 as well.. but both OS stuck at the same point in the beginning of Installation.

Please I need help from the experience developers...


Expert Comment

ID: 8159164

Sorry I couldn't help you out. Have you tried talking to the people that did the actual programming for the linux firewire project? Here is their link (this is where I learned how to get mine running):


You might also try contacting RedHat. In either case, make sure to provide as much detail as you can. In your case, provide as much hardware detail as possible. I am sure Windows XP has some sort of hardware info on your firewire stuff. Write all that info down an provide it if you can find someone to help you out.

Also, I do recall that once installed there was a separate module that was specifically for Texas Instruments. I don't recall what it was but I recall seeing description for Texas Instruments within the IEEE1394 part of the Linux kernel configurator. I know that this won't help you now, but it does help to know that some sort of TI module exists...

As a last ditch effort, how long to you wait when it does "hang"? On occassions where I have installed RedHat and Mandrake, the installer had to retrieve some security updates during install. The delay was in the order of 50 minutes. The installer doesn't really update you that it's waiting to log into an FTP site to get something, instead it just appears dead until it gets what it needs and continues on...

Good luck.


Modern healthcare requires a modern cloud. View this brief video to understand how the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare can help your organization.


Expert Comment

ID: 9079545
This old question needs to be finalized -- accept an answer, split points, or get a refund.  For information on your options, please click here-> http:/help/closing.jsp#1 
Post your closing recommendations!  No comment means you don't care.
LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 10020412
No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
I will leave the following recommendation for this question in the Cleanup topic area:

PAQ - no points refunded

Please leave any comments here within the next seven days.

EE Cleanup Volunteer

Accepted Solution

SpazMODic earned 0 total points
ID: 10060360
PAQed - no points refunded (of 40)

EE Moderator

Featured Post

Percona Live Europe 2017 | Sep 25 - 27, 2017

The Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe 2017 is the premier event for the diverse and active European open source database community, as well as businesses that develop and use open source database software.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Using 'screen' for session sharing, The Simple Edition Step 1: user starts session with command: screen Step 2: other user (logged in with same user account) connects with command: screen -x Done. Both users are connected to the same CLI sessio…
Fine Tune your automatic Updates for Ubuntu / Debian
Learn how to get help with Linux/Unix bash shell commands. Use help to read help documents for built in bash shell commands.: Use man to interface with the online reference manuals for shell commands.: Use man to search man pages for unknown command…
Learn how to navigate the file tree with the shell. Use pwd to print the current working directory: Use ls to list a directory's contents: Use cd to change to a new directory: Use wildcards instead of typing out long directory names: Use ../ to move…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month13 days, 11 hours left to enroll

800 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question