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Re: SATA drives not recognized on new install

Op zondag 29 april 2007 00:30, schreef Kenward Vaughan:
> Hi,
> I just built an amd box with a 5600+ processor on an MSI K9A Platinum
> MB.  The latest (as of yesterday) netinst version of debian-amd64 was
> used to boot up the system.  I saw none of the BIOS features which were
> mentioned on the installation page as things which had to be disabled,
> ran the memory up to 800 Mhz, etc., etc.
> The boot process times out when trying to communicate with the SATA
> drives (I have 2 WD drives, both recognized by Windows when I installed
> that later).  The message given is along the lines of
> "ata.1: SATA drive failed to IDENTIFY (I/O error  errmask=0x104)"
> Other lines earlier in the boot included
> SATA max udma/133 cmd 0xFFFFC2000000ED00 crt 0x0 bmda 0x0 irq 1277
> 	and
> SATA link SStatus 123 SControl 300
> 	(I have no clue whether these are helpful, though.)
> This happens for all 4 slots (with only 2 being populated, of course).
> I tried to get an idea of what people did with similar problems
> (amdforums), and tried a variety of boot options (noapic nolapic; noapic
> acpi=noirq|off ; etc.), none of which helped.
> One time I was able to shft-pgup and saw a line about a BIOS bug, along
> with the letters MCFG, but I couldn't catch it again at other times.
> Looking at dmesg later on following a normal boot showed no such line in
> the part of dmesg which had been saved.
> It appears that most if not all other HW is recognized, including the
> LAN.
> The K9A has the ATI RD580 north bridge chip and SB600 south bridge, and
> is a Crossfire board (which I don't care about).  The BIOS version is
> 1.3 (Dec. '06).
> Is this likely a problem of not having the right support built into the
> installation disk, and if so how can I get around that?
> Can I build an amd64 kernel on my 32 bit kernel machine and somehow
> build a bootable disk off of that? (a flash drive perhaps?)
> Many thanks for any help!
> Kenward
> --
> With or without (religion) you would have good people doing good things
> and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil
> things, that takes religion.  --Physicist and Nobel Laureate Steven
> Weinberg

I had the same problem with a MSI K9MM-V MoBo .I solved it by manually 
partitioning it, ie by determining the sizes and names myself (not using the 
proposed ones by the installer).
Sata is treated as SCSI ,so the naming is sd(a...z)X

Hope it can help you.

Michel Cuppens

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