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When the installation cd boot there is a part where it ask if you need to load any modules. You need to load something like sata or sata_uli and maybe other modules. You will see this if you install in expert mode.
To install debian in expert mode, instead of hitting immediately enter to boot, first type expert26 (this will get you into the expert mode and install the 2.6 kernel, which has a better SATA support). If it still doesn't find any hard disks, disable SATA in your BIOS and chose IDE instead. After installing Debian, you can compile a new kernel (188.8.131.52), install it, and enable SATA again.
hey, I seem to be having the same problem. I just tried what was posted here and had no luck. It didn't seem to know an expert26, but I could type expert and get in. I am new to the linux world other than running red hat a couple of times. The system I am installing on is an Athlon 64 3700+, MSI mobo, and of course a SATA hd. I believe the install I have is with kernel 2.6.11. I also tried linux26 and that didn't do anything for me. I tried disabling the sata drive in the bios, I also tried setting it as ide and neither of these made a difference. Any suggestions would be appreciated.