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Old 03-22-2006, 03:32 AM   #1
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Asus P5WD2 Motherboard, Serial ATA harddrive help with installation of Slackware 10.2

hi everyone

I have an Asus P5WD2 Motherboard and a Western Digital Serial ATA harddrive. I want to install Slackware 10.2 on the Serial ATA harddrive. I already have windows xp pro installed on one partition of the harddrive and Id like to install Slackware on the other partition. When i want to load the sata.i drivers at boot i understand i am supposed to type in sata.i at the boot: prompt, but what is the SATA harddrive called? is it /dev/sda or /dev/hda? That part is confusing me. IF any of you are familiar with this PLEASE HELP
Old 03-22-2006, 05:27 AM   #2
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I don't have a sata drive but I think all you need to do is choose the right kernel from the list. ie the sata.i kernel. the drive I think will be called /dev/sda, assuming it's the first or only hard drive. Or /dev/sdb etc. If you need to set up partitions you would type fdisk /dev/sda when prompted.
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Yes, SATA drives are named /dev/sd[a-z], more information about naming conventions can be found here:

cfdisk is an easy tool to get the disk partitioned. It is covered here:


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