Bug#317736: Debain installation problem
Debian-installer-version: debian v3.1- net install- downloaded late june (~june 18th)
uname -a: can't get to a shell prompt
Date: july 10 (earlier attempts failed as well)
Method: booted from CD made from downloaded CD image
Machine: home built machine with soyo dragon (SY-P4X400) mother; built spring 2003
Processor: intel pentium 4 2.4 GHz
Memory: 1 GB DDR 400
Root Device: Seagate 160GB SATA hard drive, connected through Koutech controller card (product num PSA150)
Root Size/partition table: i would have tried to put it on a 35 GB partition, but didn't get that far
Output of lspci and lspci -n: N/A
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot worked: [O]
Configure network HW: [ ]
Config network: [ ]
Detect CD: [ ]
Load installer modules: [E]
Detect hard drives: [ ]
Partition hard drives: [ ]
Create file systems: [ ]
Mount partitions: [ ]
Install base system: [ ]
Install boot loader: [ ]
Reboot: [ ]
It reaches the innitial boot screen, for specifing boot options, without problems. I hit enter to boot,
and it prompts me to choose my language, location, and keyboard lay out. Then it displays a box titled
"Detecting hardware to find CD-ROM drives" it gets to 92% complete, at which point it reports
that it is "loading module 'sd_mod' for SCSI disk support'...". It remains frozen there and does
I recently upgraded the hard drive to a new SATA type hard drive controller card
mentioned above (my motherboard doesn't have onboard SATA). After upgrading the hard drive I successfully
installed windows on one of the partitions on the hard drive (and at that time created a partition to install
linux on.) It is pretty clear that the hard drive or (more likely) the controller card is causing the problem
with linux, but I don't know why. The controller card's package says that linux is supported, and there is
a linux driver on the software disk, but it is just a single c source code file, and a c header file.
I have not been able to find any documentation from the card's manufacturer about installing on linux.
I could not find any documentation relating to SATA hard drives on debian.org either.
A couple of other notes which may or may not be useful- Red Hat Enterprise linux has essentially the same
problem when trying to install, and while Knoppix can boot successfully from the CD, and read the hard drive
once it has booted.
Thank you for any help!