None of the supported HP Linux Workstations operating systems support IEEE-1394 at this time. This
document contains tips for how to manually enable IEEE-1394 (also known as FireWire) devices on
systems installed with the 32-bit version of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux WS 3 or later. These
unsupported drivers and protocols are not yet robust. Use at your own risk.
Tested Operating Systems and Devices
Although IEEE-1394 is not officially supported, there are some hardware devices that have been
detected and mounted successfully.
Disclaimer: There are sometimes issues with file transfer performance, devices losing connection,
problems having an IEEE-1394 and a USB drive key mounted at the same time, and advanced
devices not being able to connect due to lack of Linux drivers and software. Use at your own risk.
A 20GB HP ipod and a Western Digital WD800B02-RNN IEEE-1394 external hard drive were tested
both with the front ports and a 1394 PCI card ports of xw8200, xw6200, and xw4200 HP Linux
32-bit Red Hat EL WS 3 Update 2
64-bit Red Hat EL WS 3 Update 2
32-bit Red Hat EL WS 3 Update 4
64-bit Red Hat EL WS 3 Update 4
Red Hat 7.x
Manually Installing IEEE-1394 Modules
Install Unsupported Kernel Modules
• HP Workstation xw8200, xw6200, xw4200, or later
• System already installed with a supported 32-bit version of Red Hat. See
• Red Hat Installation CDs
Mount Red Hat EL WS 3 (Update 5) OS Installation CD 4. This package may be on a different CD
depending on the OS version.
Install kernel-smp-unsupported-2.4.21-32.EL.i686.rpm (or its equivalent for your configuration).
NOTE: For x86-64, always use the smp-unsupported package. Although your kernel will be labeled
.EL like x86 UP kernels are, it is actually an SMP kernel.
Change to the directory where they were installed
Using /sbin/insmod, load the following modules: