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Bug#348173: installation problem with SATA

On Mon, Jan 16, 2006 at 12:19:11AM +1100, MikeM wrote:
> 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.

Try booting with 'linux26' since the default is 2.4 kernel, which does
not like sata in general.  2.6 has better sata support, although if the
machine is very new it may still not be supported.

Sarge was released in the summer last year, so any hardware made by
about the begining of 2005 is supported in general (there are exceptions
of course).  Anything that only came out in the second half of 2005 is
almost certainly unsupported.

That is true of all distributions in general.  Hardware newer than the
release of the distribution almost never works right.

Len Sorensen

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