Some of my hardware needs the module cx23885. For some reason modprode cx23885 doesn't work, instead only modprobe cx23885 --force-modversion works.

This hardware is currently somewhat buggy and only recognized (with lspci) after a full poweroff and clean start.

Is there any possibility to load the module at boot with the force or force-version option? I know it works without any options just putting it into /etc/modules-load.d/modules.conf.

  • Have you tried rebuilding the module with your currently-installed kernel? That should fix the modversion problems. Commented Oct 6, 2018 at 20:52

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Possible duplicate? https://askubuntu.com/questions/51226/how-to-add-kernel-module-parameters

To expand on what is mentioned there, modprobe options no longer work in /etc/modules-load.d/. They can go into /etc/modprobe.d/ in a text file named something like 99-cx23385.conf

# fix loading of cx23885 module
options cx23385 --force-modversion

Since I don't have this hardware to test, if systemd stubbornly tries to modprobe cx23885 instead of the working module, try making it an alias (insert after options line above).

alias cx23885 cx23385

And, at last, if it tries loading both modules or there is a conflict, try blacklisting the offending module.

References: man modprobe.d and man systemd

  • Addendum: The manpage for modprobe.d says you can put options right into the alias, so they don't need to be separate lines.
    – hellork
    Commented Oct 6, 2018 at 23:52
  • My file looks like this now: alias cx cx23885 --force-modversion. But modprobe cx still gives me the same problem as before. Before i tried options cx23885 --force or options cx23885 --force-modversion. Somehow these options get ignored. Seems like i'm doing something wrong, because with modprobe directly everything works fine
    – ontterof
    Commented Oct 7, 2018 at 10:41
  • It says you can also use the install command to force the module to take arguments. Another hack I heard about is to insert the module with options right into the grub kernel boot parameters and update grub.
    – hellork
    Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 7:36

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