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RE: help with install on Dell SC420 / SATA / Sarge / netinst / at a_piix

Hi Geert,

Thanks for your reply.  I guess this is where some of the newbie questions
come in.

1) What is the netboot image, how do I use it, and where do I get it from?
Does this method actually require that I do a network boot?  If so, do I
somehow copy the netboot files to a second computer and point my SC420 to it
at bootup time?

2) How do I get the 2.6 kernel?  What is the connection between
stable/testing/unstable and the kernel?  For example, is Sarge based on 2.4
and unstable on 2.6?

3) Even if I am able to follow your instructions and install, is what I
found below still a bug?  Should I log this bug?  If so, how?

Thanks in advance,


-----Original Message-----
From: stappers@stappers.nl [mailto:stappers@stappers.nl]
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 12:38 PM
To: 'debian-boot@lists.debian.org'
Subject: Re: help with install on Dell SC420 / SATA / Sarge / netinst /

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
> to install Sarge.  The Dell SC420 has a SATA drive.  I am attempting
> 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
> correctly."  However, I'm not sure how to do this since the ata_piix
> is not included on the CD image.  Through google
> (http://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2004/10/msg00348.html) I found a
> report saying "The kernel-image-2.4.26-1 package doesn't seem to contain
> 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
(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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