Chapter 11. Updating Drivers During Installation on IBM Power Systems
- place the ISO image file of the driver disc in a location accessible to the installation program, on a local hard drive, on a USB flash drive, or on a CD or DVD.
- create a driver disc by extracting the image file onto a CD or a DVD, or a USB flash drive. See the instructions for making installation discs in Section 3.1, “Making an Installation CD or DVD” for more information on burning ISO image files to a CD or DVD, and Section 3.2, “Making Installation USB Media” for instructions on writing ISO images to USB drives.
11.1. Preparing for a Driver Update During Installation
- Automatic driver update
- When starting the installation, the Anaconda installation program will attempt to detect all attached storage devices. If there is a storage device labeled
OEMDRVpresent when the installation begins, Anaconda will always treat it like a driver update disc and attempt to load drivers present on it.
- Assisted driver update
- You can specify the
inst.ddboot option when starting the installation. If you use this option without any parameters, Anaconda will display a list of all storage devices connected to the system, and it will prompt you to select a device which contains a driver update.
- Manual driver update
- You can specify the
inst.dd=locationboot option when starting the installation, where location is the path to a driver update disc or ISO image. When you specify this option, Anaconda will attempt to load any driver updates it finds at the specified location. With manual driver updates, you can specify either locally available storage devices, or a network location (an
inst.ddat the same time. However, what Anaconda does in this case depends on the type of location that you use. If it is a device, Anaconda prompts you to select drivers to update from the specified device and then it offers you additional devices. If location is a network location, Anaconda first prompts you to select a device containing a driver update and then it lets you update drivers from the specified network location.
OEMDRV, and it must be physically connected to the installation system. To use the assisted method, you can use any local storage device any label other than
OEMDRV. To use the manual method, you can use any local storage with a different label, or a network location accessible from the installation system.
ip=option when loading a driver update from a network location. See Section 23.1, “Configuring the Installation System at the Boot Menu” for details.
11.1.1. Preparing to Use a Driver Update Image File on Local Storage
- In order for the installation program to automatically recognize the driver disk, the volume label of the storage device must be
OEMDRV. Also, you will need to extract the contents of the ISO image file to the root directory of the storage device rather than copy the ISO image itself. See Section 11.2.1, “Automatic Driver Update”. Note that installation of a driver from a device labeled
OEMDRVis always recommended and preferable to the manual installation.
- For manual installation, simply copy the ISO image, as a single file, onto the storage device. You can rename the file if you find it helpful but you must not change the file name extension, which must remain
.iso, for example
dd.iso. See Section 11.2.2, “Assisted Driver Update” to learn how to select the driver update manually during installation.
11.1.2. Preparing a Driver Disc
rhdd3, which is a signature file that contains the driver disc's description, and a directory named
rpms, which contains the RPM packages with the actual drivers for various architectures.
.iso, then you have not created the disc correctly and should try again. Ensure that you choose an option similar to Burn from Image if you use a Linux desktop other than GNOME, or if you use a different operating system.