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does not list the device.
I commented out the /dev/sda5 line and booted teh system.
yast2 partioner also does not show the device now.
I have seen this kind of behavior in early release of mandrake 10.0 which did not have support for sata drives either.
This drive is important. is there any way I can roll back the kernel update?
OK, maybe there may be a problem with your particular S-ATA controller. Do you know which? What driver does MEPIS use (lsmod)?
In /etc/sysconfig/kernel, all the modules that are included into initrd are listed. Maybe the required driver is not among them (for whatever reason). But if you know the module, you can load it into initrd the same way like I suggested above for ext3.
Do you see any messages in /var/log/boot.msg about the drive detection?
Maybe a plain mkinitrd will work already. If not, load your MEPIS CD again and mount the S-ATA partition, then check with lsmod, which driver is used. Now get back to SUSE and try to load the module manually with 'modprobe <module>'.
Add this module to initrd by either typing 'mkinitrd -m <module>' or adding the driver to the list in /etc/sysconfig/kernel and running just 'mkinitrd' (this command look in the cofig file for modules to include).
1. You can use the repair function of the suse cd/dvd to bring back the old kernel. You should also check /etc/sysconfig/kernel; in this file the initrd modules are listed; the driver fro ext3 is included in the kernel (not as module)
2. Have a look in the mainboard manual. The chipset or additional sata-controller should be listed.
Hmm, just checked my /lib/modules for the sis5513 driver. Couldn't find it in SCSI! The kernel config claims the driver is compiled as module, so I was a bit confused. But then I found it under ide/pci! Not sure if it was always there, but it may be that the drive is now recognized as hdb5 instead of sda5. Can you find your S-ATA drive as hdx in 'fdisk -l'?