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Old 08-07-2005, 04:17 PM   #1
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disabling SATA Probe

I have a ASUS A7N8XE-E Deluxe mb. I have a 300 GB hard-drive with Windows XP professional installed on it. I have 2 IDE ATA drives dedicated to LINUX.

I just installed SUSE LINUX PROFESSIONAL 9.3. I had to unplug the power to my SATA drive in order to get Linux to install without halting when it attempts to disable IRQ 11 for whatever reason. Everything installed fine.

I am going to Dual boot the machine. However, I don't want to have to disconnect the power to my SATA drive everytime I choose to boot into Linux. I don't care if I can't see the SATA drive when I go into Linux. I've tried booting with apci=off, and hde=off, etc. I also tried using dmraid to get Linux to recognize my SATA drive. I plugged it back in after Linux booted. But, upon reboot, it locked up again. There is a jumper I can use to disable my SATA drive on my mb, but, I don't want to do that, because I want the ability to boot into Windows (which is installed on the SATA drive as explained above.)

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to disable my SATA drive.
Old 08-07-2005, 09:44 PM   #2
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Can someone please offer a little help on this subject?

I simply want Linux to not probe for my SATA drive when I boot into Linux so that I do not have to physically disconnect the power to the sata drive. Linux is stalled on the IDE ATA drives and Windows XP Pro on the SATA drive. I am doing a dual boot, so that you will be able to choose which OS from initial install.

When the SATA drive is connected Linux locks up with a message stating disabling IRQ 11. I disconnect the SATA drive, and Linux boots fine.
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i have had this problem before (though not the exact same situation) and i have tried everything you did, and i found the easiest thing to do is just recompile the kernel so it supports it, then you can read the drive too if you want

you might want to check if suse offers a precompiled kernel for sata first, that may be easier
Old 08-07-2005, 10:22 PM   #4
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try this

discover and hotplug are used during startup to configure hardware.

if you know which module(s) are causing you a problem, you can add the

skip module_name
at the end of /etc/discover.conf and

in /etc/hotplug/blacklist

however you're going to need to know the name of the module that is
causing you a problem.

using the command lsmod should allow you to see what modules you
have loaded at any one time. however if you don't have your hard drive
plugged in during startup i don't think it will show. you will have to find out
which module gets loaded when the hard drive is attached.

it sounds like it could just be the wrong module that's getting loaded.


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