Bug#303135: debian-installer: ata_piix blocking but not supporting PATA devices. D-I thus fails to install.
the ata_piix kernel module blocks the PATA part of the chipset
but doesn't support the PATA devices.
Therefore installation fails on my Dell server (CD-ROM is on PATA,
HD is on SATA).
Loading ide_generic before ata_piix works around that problem.
For more details, take a look at
http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2005/04/msg00128.html where I
originally tried to report this problem. Also see my followup to my
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.8-10-amd64-generic
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US (charmap=ISO-8859-1)