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Bug#348173: installation problem with SATA



Package: installation-reports
Boot method: DVD PACKAGE
Image version: 14 JAN 06 IMAGE on APC (Australian PC magazine 3.1 i386
Date: 15 jan06 2200hrs oz (1300utc)
Machine: self build – Gigabyte GA8S661FXM-775 Mboard SATA Hard disk, LITEON DVD 
Processor: celeron 336 2.8ghz, 533mhz fsb, 
Memory: 512m 3200 
Partitions: none
Output of lspci and lspci -n:
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot worked:    [E]
Configure network HW:   [ ]
Config network:         [ ]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [E]
Detect hard drives:     [E]
Partition hard drives:  [E]
Create file systems:    [E]
Mount partitions:       [E]
Install base system:    [E]
Install boot loader:    [E]
Reboot:                 [E]
Comments/Problems: Hi team, using a distribution that came with magazine on dvd.
Have installed red hat several times a few years ago, but this is first time for debian and as a new build on clean skin machine. See many discussions about SATA problem and Raid. But believe my problem may be more basic in that the SATA SEAGATE disk is not formatted. 
The Gigabyte Motherboard in Advanced bios settings allows two choices for SiS Serial ATA Mode either RAID or IDE. I have tried to install using both settings and get a similar error each time.
On IDE setting after getting a start installation banner where it advises to type debian, receive loading, and then a error – Disk error 80, AX= 42DO drive 9F
Changing the BIOS setting to RAID on the Sis Controller, was a little different…after typing debian to start initialisation, it advised loading /isntall/vmlinuz …and a short time after that came back with Disk error 80, AX= 4280 drive 9F ……
From reading some discussions about ATA there are some examples, but wondering if my problem is not more basic – Should I be using a LILO or doing something to format/partition the hard disk first?
Would I have better chance by loading xp and then doing a dual boot type build? …really would prefer just having linux on this machine……
Sorry for the newbie type questions.
Many tks Mike Murray
Melbourne Australia


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