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Bad install with SCSI (sym53c8xx - no hard drive found)


Apologies if this is not appropriate for this list (mailing here is
suggested in the installation manual, but I may be doing something
stupid, rather than being the vicitim of a bug - I tried debian-user
and got the comment that the installer may not be loading the correct
module - but how do I change that?)

When I boot from CD (2.2r0) to install I am told (after configuring
the keyboard) that no hard drives are present.  This is not true - the
machine has two SCSI disks hanging off a Symbios controller (sym53c8xx
- 53c1010 ultra3).

The machine came with Red Hat pre-installed (and it works!), so this
hardware is supported by Gnu/Linux.  How do I install Debian?  Is this
a bug?  Is it fixed in some later release?  I can still boot to Red
Hat and have cable modem cnxn and CD writer, so could burn more
up-to-date CDs if necessary (for example).  Or can I install from Red
Hat itself?

Looking in various FAQs, nothing mentions Symbios, but another make
with suspiciously smilar numbers (can't find the reference now) was
supported with no boot paramateres.

This is what is printed to the console:

scsi: <fdomain> Detection failed (no card)
NCR53c406a: no available ports found
sym53c416.c: Version 1.0.0
Failed initialization of WD-7000 SCSI card!
IBM MCA SCSI: No microchannel-bus support present -> Aborting.
megaraid: v107 (December 22, 1999)
3w-xxxx: tw_findcards(): No cards found.
scsi : 0 hosts.
scsi : detected total.

Note that I have a sym53c8xx, not a sym53c416 as appears above (unless
they're the same).

Any suggestions/help appreciated.  Thanks,


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