RC1 Report Installation Failed - Dell Dimension 8400
Nice work on the new Debian installer. It worked great on an install to
a Dell with a PIII. Unfortunately, I'm having troubles getting it to
work with it on a newer Dell system that has an ICH6 SATA controller.
Here's my report:
Debian-installer-version: rc1 - Aug 17, 2004 - http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
uname -a: Linux (none) 2.6.7-1-386 #1 Thu Jul 8 05:08:04 EDT 2004 i686 unknown
Date: Aug 17, 2004 1600EST
Method: Debian installer CD for i386
Machine: Dell Dimension 8400
Processor: Pentium 4 3.2Ghz with hyperthreading
Root Device: none
Root Size/partition table:
Can't view partition table
Output of lspci:
There is no easy way to cut this info to my other workstation as my
network card is not recognized (Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx).
Base System Installation Checklist:
Initial boot worked: [O]
Configure network HW: [E]
Config network: [E]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [E]
Partition hard drives: [E]
Create file systems: [ ]
Mount partitions: [ ]
Install base system: [ ]
Install boot loader: [ ]
Reboot: [ ]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
The network configuration fails due to it being a card with a
proprietary Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx chipset. Apparently Broadcom has
Linux drivers available. I only included this error for sake of
submitting a complete report.
My main problem is getting Debian to recognize the harddisk. Here's what
* running the installer with 'linux26'
* turning on "ATA only" in BIOS
* turning on "SATA/PATA" combo mode (interestingly, the Libranet
distro that supports SATA can see the drive in this mode)
* turning on "AHCI mode" and using modprobe to load ata_piix and
The SATA controller is a ICH6 which is supposedly supported by the
latest ata_piix and libata. I'm not sure which version of these
libraries are being included with the installer but it's not working for
me at present.
I found a reference in the archives to how to get the installer to work
with the piix SATA controller. I know how to compile a kernel but
don't know how to build an installer. Any pointers or advice would be
appreciated. Let me know if I need to provide more details.
Knowmad Services Inc.