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Re: Boot from SATA drive--module or built-in?

On Tue, 2006-06-06 at 04:42 -0700, Brian C wrote:
> Hi,
> This is a kernel-related question to which I cannot find a 
> definitive answer.
> If I am not going to use an initrd image, and I want to 
> boot Debian from an SATA drive (in a system with no PATA 
> drives and all SATA drives) using a 2.6 kernel, then is it 
> necessary to compile-in the specific driver for the SATA 
> controller or is it acceptable for it to be merely a 
> module? (When doing make menuconfig do I need a * or will 
> an M do?)
> In particular, if the SATA controller is the NVIDIA 
> nForce4 controller, does nv-sata need to be built-in or 
> can it just be a module?
> It seems like I've read somewhere that when you want to 
> boot from such a drive then the boot process never makes 
> it to loading modules because it cannot find the SATA 
> drives to begin with, requiring the specific SATA driver 
> to be built-in. Is that right?

If you dont want to use a initrd, you need to have it builtin. 
if you can use a initrd. you can build it as a module. 

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