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I'm trying to put Slackware 12.2 on my Dell Mini9, which uses a 15GB SSD instead of a regular hard drive. In the BIOS settings this is identified as a PATA drive. What is driving me nuts is that I can't get the Slackware install system to recognize it as a SATA drive (which Ubuntu did when I had that installed), it always comes up as an IDE drive. Booting with "hugesmp.s hda=noprobe" isn't doing anything. After booting the drive is being identified as hda, not sda. I suppose I can live with the performance hit, but if there is a different way to identify this as a SATA drive for installation, that would be fantastic.
Thanks for the suggestions, but it looks like it is just plain IDE access only. The BIOS doesn't even have a way to change the controller mode. Oh well, the performance probably won't be that noticeable anyway given that the machine is pretty limited to begin with.
I think you're both right, there isn't a SATA controller there. Apparently Dell is using an IDE controller. Nothing in the lspic -vv even mentions SATA or PATA. The performance is actually OK, so this probably isn't a big deal, just surprising to me. Oh, and by the wayk, both this and the previous lspci are from Slackware since I ripped Ubuntu off the machine. I just couldn't take it anymore.
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 02) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 02b0
Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap- 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Interrupt: pin B routed to IRQ 19
Region 0: I/O ports at 01f0 [size=8]
Region 1: I/O ports at 03f4 [size=1]
Region 2: I/O ports at 0170 [size=8]
Region 3: I/O ports at 0374 [size=1]
Region 4: I/O ports at 1810 [size=16]
Kernel driver in use: PIIX_IDE
Oh, and by the wayk, both this and the previous lspci are from Slackware since I ripped Ubuntu off the machine. I just couldn't take it anymore.
In Ubuntu it's just the device name which looks like SATA. That's because the default PATA driver is libata there. The libata driver has coaxed a lot of people into misunderstanding their hardware. Really cunning.