Debian-installer-version: <Sarge installer netinst RC2 ftp.debian.org>
uname -a: <>
Method: <Netinstall booted from cdrom. DHCP network http://ftp.debian.org repository>
Machine: <DELL PowerEdge SC420>
Processor: Intel P4
Memory: 512 MB
Root Device: <SATA uses ata_piix from 2.4.28 to work>
Root Size/partition table: <N/A does not recognize disk>
Output of lspci and lspci -n:
Not Available now.
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot worked: [O]
Configure network HW: [O]
Config network: [O]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [E]
Partition hard drives: [E]
Create file systems: [E]
Mount partitions: [E]
Install base system: [E]
Install boot loader: [E]
The SATA adapter requires the ata_piix module from the 2.4.28 kernel to work. It will not find the hard drives without it.
Upgrade to the 2.4.28 kernel is recommended since this is the card all the new lower end Dell PowerEdge servers will be using.
Failing that, patched support to the existing kernel for this module and related PCI IDs is recommended.