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Bug#737750: debian-installer: Netboot initrd does not download, ata-modules or sata-modules udebs

On Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:09:38 +0000 Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk>
> I just tested it in KVM/QEMU.  It does download ata-modules.
> Are you using the current (7.4) netboot images?  If I remember rightly,
> old netboot images may stop working after a point release if you don't
> keep the corresponding udebs on a local mirror.

I'm able to reproduce this problem on a variety of servers configured to
use AHCI SATA controllers with the Debian 7.7 network install.  I've not
dug into the exact cause of the problem but I can see that there is no
AHCI module loaded by the network installer, "modprobe ahci" returns
that such a module is not known, and dmesg gives no hint of the disks
being discovered or probed.  As a result no hard disks are detected and
the install can't proceed.  lspci does show the SATA controller as present.

If I instead use a DVD image to boot the installer then everything is fine.

I'm not sure what I can usefully do or provide to help debug this but
happy to assist if I can.

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