Bug#474737: Etch netboot installer does not detect ide harddisk
On Monday 07 April 2008, email@example.com wrote:
> The IDE hard disk is not detected. The installer then wants to create
> partitions on the floppy.
I have used vmware myself extensively before the release of Etch and it
always worked for me. At some point I ran into kernel incompatibilities
(vmware 5.2 with 2.6.24 kernel) and eventually switched to VirtualBox.
So basically I have no idea how compatible current vmware versions are with
the Etch kernel (2.6.18), or even with current testing/unstable kernels.
Problem seems to be that the piix module is not getting loaded, which is
needed for your IDE controller.
What happens if you try to modprobe that manually?
> This failure happens on a virtual machine and on real hardware also.
Please file a separate bug report for the real hardware, with logs attached.
> Newer versions of kernel and initrd don't work with
> debian-40r3-i386-DVD-1.iso (module version mismatch).
That is correct. You could try a "daily built" businesscard or netinst image
, just to see if that does detect the disks. That has a 2.6.24 kernel.