Booting Problem SATA large disk
I am running unstable Debian with Linux 2.6.6. kernel.
My computer is a Gateway computer with a large (160GB) disk with
SATA controller. I have Windows XP on hda1, and linux on hda2, with
partitions hda3,5,6 etc for home, usr, var, etc.
I had problems installing Linux on the hard drive because of the SATA
drive. Knoppix seemed to boot up, and with the help of that I managed
to install 2.6.0-test9 kernel. The Hard drive seemed to be changed to
sdb, with Linux on the sdb2 partition. The 750 MB Iomega zip was
recognized as sda. The dvd rom was recognized as sr0. I changed the
/etc/fstab to these values and managed to make a bootdisk with
syslinux; I do not remember precisely what I did, but I presume I used
Knoppid. It boots up only when I do not give any parameters at the boot
prompt. If I attempt to give root=/dev/sdb2, it goes into kernel panic. This is able to boot up, but I am unable to dual-boot from
Windows: it just hangs.
I recently thought I would install the 2.6.6. kernel. They recommend
that the cd use hte ide-cd rather than the scsi and I built the kernel
accordingly. I used syslinux to make a boot disk, but this goes into
kernel panic, wanting a valid root=" " paramter. No parameter seems to
work. I have tried, lilo and grub and all of them do the same thing. I
presume this has something to do with the fact that to the bios the
disk is hda, and when the scsi SATA is used in 2.6.6 this is changed.
Any suggestions as to how to proceed will be appreciated.
Department of Chemistry
Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH 45810