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You want to install SUSE LINUX on a serial ATA (SATA) hard disk.
Serial ATA in Compatibility Mode
From SUSE LINUX 9.0 on, it is possible to run SATA in legacy mode; i.e., in parallel ATA (PATA) compatibility mode. When using this approach, tasks are handled by the common IDE kernel module. However, native support will only be available from kernel 2.4.22 or 2.6.x.
The PATA module can only operate the SATA disk if the SATA controller in the BIOS has been set to the compatibility mode. This procedure varies according to BIOS. Thus, please refer to your motherboard manual to find out how to set this mode. Once this BIOS setting has been configured, the PATA kernel module detects the hard disk and you can proceed with the installation.
This procedure works for Intel (ICH5) and Sillicon Image (Sil) SATA chipsets.
Native Serial ATA
Native serial ATA is only possible with higher kernel versions.
Due to unexpected difficulties in programming the patch for both kernel versions, we are not able to provide any patch CD for the 32-bit version of SUSE LINUX 9.0 (i386). We would like to apologize for this inconvenience and thank in advance all affected users for their understanding.
For SUSE LINUX 9.0 64-bit version, a patch CD is available at:
This CD contains a current 2.4.21 kernel with all security and some SATA updates. If you want to install a computer equipped with a SATA hard disk from scratch, use this CD to boot. This CD requests the 9.0 DVDs/CDs and performs the installation with the new kernel
The only kernel modules available for Promise SATA controllers are binary only kernel modules from the manufacturer. As for the controllers:
- PDC20319 FastTrak S150 TX4
- PDC20371 FastTrak S150 TX2plus
- PDC20376 FastTrak 376
- PDC20378 FastTrak 378
- PDC20619 FastTrak TX4000
some kernel modules are available at the URL: