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I currently have Windows XP on my ATA133 hard drive, but i decided to get a new drive to install linux on instead of partitioning (on a friend's advice). As I have 3 optical drives and so no more ATA ports, yet my mobo came with 2 SATA ports, i bought an sata hard drive. i thought either adaptec.s or scsi.s would detect this, but they dont. how can i install slackware 9.1 onto my sata hard drive?
Intel D865PERL w/
Intel 82801ER SATA RAID Controller and a
Hitachi 7k250 80GB SATA hard drive (HDS722580VLSA80)
Note: I've already tried doing a dual boot with partitions - it buggered my windows install and i had to reformat - i wasn't pleased. also, i would just not use windows but this is 'a family computer' and my plan to train my family to use linux isn't going well.
What you need is a patched kernel, as the kernel that ships with Slackware 9.1 doesn't have SATA support. Easiest way to handle this would be to partition off the other drive, install on there, then patch up Slackware 9.1 to handle SATA support.
Otherwise, you might be able to get away with using an SATA boot disk to install slack (and boot?), then updating the kernel.
Yea, from the look of it you just rawrite (or dd in linux) the images to disks, then use the custom SATA kernel instead of the default. Looks like it's similar to any of the non-standard Slack install disk setups.
once i've done this and installed, which kernel should i use? i figured the one from the sata bootdisk, but now slackware doesnt seem to detect my network, so i thought this could be because im using a kernel which doesnt support the lan on my mobo.
if not, what else could be causing my network not to work - if works fine if i just boot up slax.
It's probably missing network support for your card.
You need to compile the 2.4.27-pre1 kernel or greater. 2.4.26 and the patch to 2.4.27-pre1 are available from http://kernel.org. If you need any help with that, do a couple of google searches for "installing linux kernel" and "patching linux kernel".
Read that thread on LinuxISO.... It pretty much covers everything. I just went thru everything you did and it's pretty easy to get her rolling.... Those patches work well with 2.4.25 or whatever you want to use. The libata patches. I don't use pre versions of kernels either. Or you could use a 2.6.... It's up to you.... JolyRoger had to keep those images small so they would fit on a boot disk so, no, there not going to have networking or anything for that matter built into them. Do a 'make menuconfig' and go thru all the options and make sure everything you want is there. Install a bootloader and your done.