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    DASD formatting


    Just bought the parts to build a new machine. I am not sure though what disk formatting debian uses.

    Since this is a new machine I need a CD bootable disk formatting tool.

    If anyone could help me I would be much obliged.


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    You can just boot the Debian install disk and format from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarumont
    You can just boot the Debian install disk and format from there.
    I keep getting the following error for both Mandrake and Debian.

    PCI_IDE UNKNOWN IDE CONTROLLER PCI DBUS 00 DEVICE 58 VID=10de, DID=008e

    I have bought a bunch of new equipment...

    ABIT NF7-S2G motherboard with and on board SATA controller, a Maxtor 250 Gig Hard drive (SATA), 512 MB of RAM.

    I thinks its getting hosed on the SATA controller/DASD.

    Joe -

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    DASD formatting

    Do you know what type of chipset the sata controller is?

    I have an asus p4p800-e

    >lspci
    0000:00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801EB (ICH5) Serial ATA 150 Storage Controller (rev 02)

    This worked fine using the debian installer.

    You might want to try booting a knoppix cd (the hardware detection might be better - although the sarge installer is pretty good) and see if it can see your hard drive.

    I remember hearing there were some sata issues with the very latest controllers this summer, but I don't recall whether they've been resolved yet.

    Good luck.

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