How to install Linux (ideally SuSE 9) on a SATA HD?
I have a new PC with an Intel D865PERL motherboard and a Seagate Barracuda Serial ATA hard drive, but unfortunately it looks like Linux installers don't seem to have built-in support for SATA yet, even though it's supported in more recent kernels.
Ideally I'd like to install SuSE 9.0 Pro. The installer freezes normally. When I set ATA to "Legacy" mode in my BIOS, the installer is fully functional, but it can't find my hard drive. SuSE tech support suggested using the "apic" option, but this didn't make a difference.
The SuSE installer has the ability to load kernel modules. Is there a 2.4 module that would solve my problem? If so, how would I go about compiling it to work with my SuSE installer? I have access to other Linux machines to compile on, but they don't run SuSE. Would I first download and compile the same kernel version that SuSE's installer uses? Is it easy to do this with the exact same options?
I'd also be willing to install a different distro if anyone knows of one that I should be able to install directly onto a SATA drive (with or without legacy mode). I can always try to stick SuSE onto a different partition later.
If all of that seems hopeless, what would you do if you were me? Trade the drive for a PATA one? Pick up a cheap IDE drive to use as the boot device? How much faster is SATA, for real-world applications?
Thanks very much!