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Old 10-04-2004, 02:43 PM   #1
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S-ATA problem :(


I spend a 3 days on installing debian (3.0r2) on my pc... can't get it to werk
The problem is that debian does not recognise my s-ata hdd, this is not the first time WinXP had the same problem... but what was to be expected :P

I find this weird for linux cause SuSe, Mandrake, Knoppix and FC2 doesn't seem to have any problems with it.

My s-ata hdd is a Hitatchi 160GB
My mainboard is a Asus P4G8X DeLuxe, with on-board s-ata controller ( I know this controller is not fully integrated in the BIOS :S weird for a onboard :P ).
The cause of the problem is (I think) that my BIOS does not even look for the sata devices because they are 'loaded' after the check.

I also know that this problem can be easely solved by a floppy disk with the drivers, but my knowledge is very limited in that area :P

I must say, I expected more from a 7CD OS... not that something simple as S-ATA drivers are not available.

plz hints are welcome !! ??
Old 10-04-2004, 02:48 PM   #2
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thesavage; check this out:
lots of information & workarounds.
Old 10-04-2004, 02:57 PM   #3
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thanks for the link... but reading it gives me a headache :P
I just figured out how to install software (just got samba and alsa to work properly :P)
so compiling and reconfiguring the kernel is a step to fast I think :P

So I'll keep it with my current install of linux.

again thanks for the help !
hoping that debian will get good sata support soon.
Old 10-04-2004, 03:41 PM   #4
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From the linuxmafia link, above mentioned

"SuSE's, Fedora Core 2's, Gentoo's, Knoppix's, Debian-sarge release candidates, and Mandrakelinux's installation kernels have a good selection of the required drivers. Scott Kveton's Debian netinst image does, likewise — see Links/Resources."

Install the sarge net-installer (choose i386)

check F1 and F3 at the boot prompt for parameters, take the defaults in partitioning, go for the 2.6 kernel, skip the 'Choose your packages' option on the menu list, at the end of the installation, install x-window-system, any window manager, and the rest, with apt-get, type 'startx' and you're in X, configure it using the sticky at the top of this page.

if this is over your head, install Ubuntu or Libranet, they both are based on Debian, free, and are excellent distros.

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Old 10-04-2004, 04:50 PM   #5
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I installed Debian on my WD Sata 250G without any problem using Netinst. Grub refused to reside on the partition though (LILO works), i just put it on the floppy, copy it to my Windows partition and let NTLoader load it.
Old 10-04-2004, 05:33 PM   #6
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thanks for the info mocondo !!!

finally got it to work

Underhill, all very nice but also very useless cause my pc lacks windows
had enough of it so completly removed it... M$ is getting worse and worse, SP2 is what did it i think :P

But for all those n00bs out there (like me :P)--> GO TUX
Old 10-21-2004, 07:41 PM   #7
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Found this thread doing a search on sata issues. I am considering one of these beauties, and IŽd like to know how you guys rate the linux support available.
Distro will be Debian sarge. As I write, sarge downloads its packages from the nearest mirror to my recently assembled box.

The system is based on a Abit KV7. Sata controller is a via8237 southbridge. The current disk is a traditional ide Seagate 80GB. While installing, a few hours ago, sarge showed me a bunch of via sata modules to be loaded, so I believe the odds of success are good.

But IŽd like to hear from you.

Please notice I wonŽt run a sata raid. It will be a single disk.

Very thanks!


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