Re: 4.0R3 SATA support (or lack thereof)
On Mon, 10 Mar 2008 09:40:46 -0400
Peter Feigl <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi. I tried to install Debian 4.0R3 on an Acer M1610 machine and the
> sata_sis driver ignores the HDD, prohibiting installation. SUSE linux
> sata_sis works fine but SAX2 wrecks the video beyond all hope. How
> can I get Debian to recognize my sata HDD?
We've had a few issues with SATA not being recognised on the newer
Our fix is as follows:
* Install Debian Etch onto an IDE drive.
* Download the kernel sources from kernel.org and use the debian
kernel tools to compile it.
* Install the new kernel
* Reboot into the new system and check that the SATA HDD is picked
up as well as the IDE one.
* Copy the entire file system over to the SATA HDD via a live CD
that recognises the SATA Driver
* Power off, remove the IDE Drive and boot into (hopefully) your new
This is possibly my only complaint about Debian, we're still stuck on
an "old" kernel which doesn't support the newer hardware.
Before people start Flaming about the above, Debian is a fantastic
distro. The stability is excellent, however having to wait up to eight
months  for a version of the Kernel that is out and running on other
systems at the moment can be a bit of a pain some times! :o)
 That's what I've been quoted as a possible for 2.6.24, not sure how
accurate that is.
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