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Old 11-08-2005, 12:34 PM   #1
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Here is a good one – No ATA HD w/2.6

I run a dual boot IBM T43 laptop with XP (For work) and Deb 3.4 The T43 has ATI graphics and ATA hard disk. It took sometime to setup the graphics, but 2.4 work very well, no problems. Now there is a great new driver for the graphics, I had to upgrade to 2.6 to use it though. So I upgraded via apt-get and nada, it would no boot. In fact I messed with it so much I have ruined my Linux partition, so I decided to re-install from the base cd. So on CD boot up I choose ‘Linux26’ to get the 2.6 kernel and all looks well until its time to configure the HD. If one presses F6 there are several different option to install special hard disk controllers, however ATA is not in there. I tried all of them! Anyone got past the HD install?

I have been told one can use the SCSI drivers and disable the DMA access in the BIOS, then re-try the install, then re-enable the DMA access, but this did not work, 2.6 will not recognize the HD, DMA on or off. Any ideas will be most welcome.
Old 11-09-2005, 09:55 PM   #2
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Heres 3 articles on Installing Debian on the IBM T43.. maybe their experiences will help you. I got these links from


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