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Old 08-16-2003, 08:20 PM   #1
k33ze
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whats the deal with SATA?


i want to install slack9.0, but the install hangs after a couple of seconds. From what ive read this could be due to my SATA drive (and ICHR5 sata controller), coz these are not supported or something.

As im totally new to linux i have no clue about how to tackle this problem. Is there a way around this or should i wait for a patch? (btw altho i have a sata drive, linux will b installed on an ide)

(motherboard=asus p4p800 deluxe, hd=maxtor 120gb SATA.)

any help would be very much appreciated,
greetz
 
Old 08-17-2003, 02:42 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with slackware, but I have a p4p800-vm with working SATA drive and kernel 2.4.21. If your slack kernel is older it may be the problem.

If you don't want to try a newer kernel, there should be a BIOS setting to change the drive from 'enhanced' to 'compatible' mode. I did some tests and performance-wise I can't tell the difference.

In enhanced mode the SATA drives appear as /dev/hde, /dev/hdf, but in compatible mode they are the usual /dev/hda etc. WinME install hangs on enhanced, but is OK in compatible.

Try the install in compatible mode. If already in compatible, I have no idea. You could try posting the boot messages at the failure point.
 
Old 08-17-2003, 06:32 AM   #3
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thanks, putting it in compatible mode did the trick!
 
  


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