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Re: help with install on Dell SC420 / SATA / Sarge / netinst / ata_piix

On Mon, Nov 22, 2004 at 04:59:10PM -0500, Eric Silberstein wrote:
> Hi,
> I am a Debian and linux newbie.  I recently purchased a Dell SC420 and want
> to install Sarge.  The Dell SC420 has a SATA drive.  I am attempting install
> using the 20041120 daily build netinst CD image.  The installer fails to
> recognize my hard drive. Through google
> (http://lists.progeny.com/archive/discover-workers/200410/msg00008.html) I
> found the advice "Whilst the PATA CDROM drive was detected the main hard
> disk was not - I needed to manually modprobe ata_piix for d-i to run through
> correctly."  However, I'm not sure how to do this since the ata_piix module
> is not included on the CD image.  Through google
> (http://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2004/10/msg00348.html) I found a bug
> report saying "The kernel-image-2.4.26-1 package doesn't seem to contain the
> ata_piix.o module" due to a bug in a Makefile.  Both of these bugs are
> reportedly fixed.  What should I do?  Can I download ata_piix.o from
> somewhere and use it during my install process?  Do I need to build my own
> netinst image, and if so, how do I do that?

Last wednesday I did spend with installing on a Dell SC420.
The great trick was using a 2.6 kernel. They are available for debian-installer
(I used the netboot images ( no rebuild needed )) and do provide the
ata_piix module.

After the reboot you will encounter #277298, where control-C allows you
to get a second console, so you can append acpi=off for the next boot.

> Thanks in advance,
> Eric Silberstein
> esilberstein@idiominc.com

Geert Stappers

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