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Old 02-02-2006, 12:54 PM   #1
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sarge and sata hard disk

i just bought a new pc and it has a hard disk that it is in serial ata connection. the thing is that i do not have any idea at all how to manage and install sarge in sata. could someone give me a step by step guidance? please i desperately need the solution cause it is an element of my work.
Old 02-02-2006, 01:04 PM   #2
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You need to use a new kernel. I don't have SATA so I don't know for sure. But when you boot the install disc, type linux26 at the boot prompt.
Old 02-02-2006, 01:08 PM   #3
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There is no step by step. Each system may have different issues. Your question is almost like asking, "I just bought a new car, and I'm afraid it might not start if I try it. Can someone tell me why it might not start?"

Did you simply try installing? Sarge/sata worked first time on my PC at work. That did not happen at home. Different chipset than at work.

If you try, and it fails, then you can report the details of the failure here and maybe someone can help you.
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What specific pc model and motherboard? Sarge with 2.4 kernel supports some sata controllers and 2.6.8 too. With some controllers debian etch may be better Google debian sarge on your pc model for help or search sata in sarge or debian in this forum. Scanning the sata posts over last several weeks will help too.
You may find that very recent models work best with kanotix-2005-04(2.6.14x kernel) or simply mepislive-cds. These cds are good for trubleshooting and for installing too.

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Old 02-02-2006, 05:33 PM   #5
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i got a motherboard from asus and it has a VIA chipset KT800
Old 02-02-2006, 05:35 PM   #6
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the thing is that i need sarge specifically. i need the stability of sarge and nothing else!
Old 02-02-2006, 06:18 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by tsitras
i got a motherboard from asus and it has a VIA chipset KT800
That will work with the Sarge kernel 2.6.8 at least it did here on my KT800 with the amd64 distro so use the aforementioned linux26 when you boot the installer.

>$ grep -i sata_via /boot/config-2.6.8-11-amd64-generic
Edit: One more thing on my motherboard an Abit AV8 I had to disable the SATA ROM setting before my SATA would show up as a bootable device in the BIOS, if the installer does not see your drive you may want to check for this setting in yours.

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Old 02-05-2006, 06:23 AM   #8
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Make sure that SATA is properly set up in CMOS setup. When you boot, after POST you should see messages about setecting SATA..... press <Tab> to enter SATA setup (something like that anyway). RAID should not be enabled, if it is disable it.

As a previous poster suggested, install the 2.6 kernel.

I have an Asrock m/b (essentially Asus) and it is running 2 SATA discs and a PATA quite happily.


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