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I've done many searches, but I've yet to find a solution to my problem.
After many years (I last ran Slackware years ago), I decided to install Linux on my machine.
It turns out my motherboard - an Asus A7N8X Deluxe - is problematic. Indeed, I have two SATA drives on the beast, two PATA hard drives, and two optical drives. No, there's not a lot of room in my machine.
Both SATA drives and one of the PATAs is used for Windows, one of the SATAs being the primary boot drive. I'd like to install Debian on the other PATA drives - probably by inserting a floppy with a bootloader on it.
I simply can't get any Linux install running on the machine. I've also tried to boot DSL and Knoppix - no go. When it tries to bring up the SATA driver, the machine locks up. I've tried NOAPIC and all that jazz to no avail. I should mention that my Windows backup/restore utility uses a Linux distro to do its restore, and that won't boot either. That's no good, especially considering the number of times I have to reinstall Windows.
So, do I create a custom install kernel that simply doesn't try to load the SATA drivers, as I won't be using the SATA drives while in Linux, anyway?