Bug#280598: installation-report (failed)
Debian-installer-version: debian.org, test version i386 of 08 Nov 2004
Date: 09 nov 2004
Attempts to install i386/20041108/sarge-i386-netinst on a new Dell Dimension
8400 3.0GHz P4 with 4GB RAM and two SATA drives failed with a "no partitionable
media" error under the following conditions. The Dell BIOS lets you specify
the "SATA Operation" as one of the following values:
RAID Autodetect/AHCI = RAID if signed drives, otherwise AHCI
RAID Autodetect/ATA = RAID if signed drives, otherwise ATA
RAID On = SATA is configured for RAID on every booot
Combination = SATA/PATA combination mode
The machine shipped with two signed drives configured for RAID 1, and the
default bios setting was RAID Autodetect/AHCI. With that configuration,
booting with the 2.4 or the 2.6 kernel results in the "no partitionable media"
Next I unsigned the drives so that they would not boot into RAID mode.
With unsigned drives, the only boot option that worked with the default 2.4
kernel was SATA Operation = Combination. The linux26/expert26 boot options did
not work for *any* SATA Operation setting.
I would dearly love to run the 2.6 kernel so I can exceed the 2GB process
address space limit. Please let me know if/when the 2.6 kernel will detect the
SATA drives on the Dell Dimension 8400.
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