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Ok, I'm an early adopter, I know, but I was wondering if anyone has gotten an AMD-64 system with the Promise SATA 378 chip to boot with only SATA drives? I've gotten Linux to boot and then finally see the SATA drives, but I have to start with an existing IDE drive. That's not why I got the system though. Getting normal 32bit Wins to install wasn't that bad, but getting the new RH taroon beta (AMD-64 version) to install is giving me fits. I suspect if I tried an existing 32bit Linux, that would work, but once again, that's ...

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    Default Linux, SATA, Promise, and AMD-64

    Ok, I'm an early adopter, I know, but I was wondering if anyone has gotten
    an AMD-64 system with the Promise SATA 378 chip to boot with only SATA
    drives? I've gotten Linux to boot and then finally see the SATA drives, but
    I have to start with an existing IDE drive. That's not why I got the system
    though. Getting normal 32bit Wins to install wasn't that bad, but
    getting the new RH taroon beta (AMD-64 version) to install is giving me
    fits. I suspect if I tried an existing 32bit Linux, that would work, but
    once again, that's not why I got the system. I did manage to build the
    Promise module to work natively with the installed RH kernel, but that same
    module causes the system lock solid when I try to use it with the
    installer.

    So, has anyone managed to get the new promise drivers to build for the
    AMD-64, and then gotten either RH or Suse to install (the 64 bit versions
    that is)? And would anyone be willing to share what they did to get that
    way? Thanks in advance
    --
    Pete Buelow
    replace nospam with putzin if you want to reply to me.
    Peter Guest

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    Peter Buelow wrote: 

    Why not try installing Gentoo on the system? You'll benefit greatly by
    compiling your packages for your 64 bit architecture. It takes a bit of
    time to get things going, but it's (in my experience) faster than RH and
    Debian when optimized for your hardware. Just a thought.

    -Nick

    Nick Guest

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    Default Re: Linux, SATA, Promise, and AMD-64

    dot wrote:
     
    >
    > Why not try installing Gentoo on the system? You'll benefit greatly by
    > compiling your packages for your 64 bit architecture. It takes a bit of
    > time to get things going, but it's (in my experience) faster than RH and
    > Debian when optimized for your hardware. Just a thought.
    >
    > -Nick[/ref]

    Thanks, I didn't realize they had packages available for x86-64. This might
    help. What I'd really like to do is recompile Slackware for the platform,
    and this might do the trick for me. Mostly, I'm gonna continue to beat on
    Redhat in the short term though, as all other options have issues.
    --
    Pete Buelow
    replace nospam with putzin to reply to me
    Peter Guest

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