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Old 09-22-2003, 01:26 PM   #1
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Slack 9.0 and IDE Controller

Hey there!

I'm trying to install Slack 9.0 on a machine that has an SiIg UltraATA/133 PCI IDE Controller based on the 0680 chipset. This is because I have 3 CD devices and 3 Hard Drives, so I need two extra IDE channes to support all 6 drives.

Anyway, what happens is that when the initial installation Kernel is loading, it detects all the drives in the onboard IDE and then it freezes when detecting the drives on the PCI controller. (This also used to happen with a RAID controller I used to have).

Funny thing is, Mandie 9.1 does pass beyond that, so I guess that there's a Kernel module missing in the Slack9.0 selection I am using.

Does anybody have a clue as to what parameter I have to pass to the boot kernel or if there is a way to modify it in order to continue with the installation?

Thanks in advance guys!
Old 09-22-2003, 01:47 PM   #2
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Just as side notes:

If I take the PCI IDE Controller out, it all goes fine. I have already tried passing ide=reverse as a Kernel param. I am using an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe.

As for the devices setup, they are:

Mobo IDE0 = 40GB HDD and a Sony 510A DVD-R
Mobo IDE1 = ATAPI CD-R and Sumsung DVD

PCI IDE0 = 40GH HDD and another 40GB HDD
PCI IDE1 = Nothing here.

I am thinking maybe the fact that there's nothing in the second IDE channel on the PCI controller is the problem. That it would be trying to detect something it can't find.

By the way, here's the Kernel output when it stops with the ide=reverse param:

Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE Driver Revision 6.31
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modesl override with idebus=xx
CMD680:IDE Controller on PCI bus 01 dev 40
CMD680:chipset revision 2
CMD680: not 100% native mode:will probe IRQ later.
ide0:BM-DMA at 0xa000-0xa007 BIOS settings:hdaio, hdbio.
ide1:BM-DMA at 0xa008-0xa00f BIOS settings:hdcio, hddio
PCI_IDE *I did not take notes of these, but these are the motherboard's IDE controllers, which have no problem.*

Hope that helps pin point thr problem.
Old 09-22-2003, 01:55 PM   #3
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Just thinking...

I am going to install Slack on the driver that is in the motherboard's IDE. Could I install it with the PCI Controller unplugged, get Linux running, recompile the Kernel with the needed modules, and put the PCI IDE controller back in?

Hehehehe, I know I've posted too much on my own thread. But it's just that I get all this ideas and I try to post them here, see what people think and maybe they can help.

Old 09-24-2003, 05:49 PM   #4
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I have the same controller but haven't had much luck yet. I run debian who's installer didn't even recognize the controller but I tried slack and it was able to detect the controller and the drive connected.

One thing I noticed was that if I connected my WD (20GB) drive with the Seagate (120GB), slack would freeze when finding the parition info and it also reported a wrong model for the Seagate. In your configuration I would try putting a drive on their own ide pci channels.

Hopefully that would solve your problem... I am still looking for a way to make debian recognize the pci controller.


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