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Old 06-27-2004, 05:40 PM   #1
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Linux and SATA

In an ideal world I'd have 2 kick ass computers but I only have 1. I need help installing linux (gentoo) on it. I love gentoo.
The Setup:
AMD Athlon XP 3200 (32bit)
Giga-byte GA-7NNXP
2x 10k rpm 36GB WD Raptor HDs
ATI Radeon 9700 PRO
1GB Duel Channel DDR 3200

I would like to have Linux Installed on 1 of the 10k HDs and Windows on the Other. The SATA chipset that is used is the Silicon Image 3112 or Sil3112. Even IF i can get it to recognize my HDs (which i've done with the 2.6 kernel) How do I get windows setup to let Grub start it on the SATA. I also found it odd that the SATA showed up as HD* Devices and not SD* devices. Any help from anyone who's done this before would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Old 06-27-2004, 10:47 PM   #2
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Here is some info on linux support for SATA.

Linux installation will take care of putting in the appropriate lines to help you boot into Windows.
Old 06-28-2004, 08:29 AM   #3
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The Gentoo livecd comes with both the siimage (IDE access) driver and the libata (SCSI access) drivers for the 3112 controller. It's safe to install Gentoo using the siimage driver (and accessing the drives as dev/hd*) and then building a kernel with only the libata driver (so you'll drives will be called /dev/sd*), but please do keep that in mind when you create your /etc/fstab. I have a similar setup (NF7-Sr2, Barton 2800XP) and it now works pretty well.

The installation handbook is pretty thorough and walks you through the setup, including installing and configuring Grub to dual boot with Windows. What part was it that you didn't understand?



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