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Ultra ATA/66 PCI Controller

I have a Western Digital 20.5 GB 7200 RPM Ultra ATA/66 Hard Drive.  I have it plugged into a Digital Research Technologies Ultra ATA/66 PCI Controller.  When I try to install Linux it says that I have no hard drive.  I have tried every SCSI card they list and none work for my card.  What do I have to do to get Linux up and running?
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You probably won't like this as an answer, but as far as I know right now you're not going to get any ATA/66 controller to work until drivers get updated to support ATA/66 mode. I did find a note on Redhat's site in the HCL for disks & controllers that specifically states that they don't work. If your controller can be set for ATA/33 mode, Linux will probably find the disks and be able to install.

BTW the question  of ATA/66 support has been asked here on EE before, you might want to do a search.
My name is MudSystems EngineerCommented:
This is not from the search, but i have similar problems...

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I could help you with this problem.  It will involve doing things much differently, though.  I can compile a special kernel which will recognize your ATA/66 controller and hard drive.  This will be used as the boot image on a floppy disk, and another disk will be used as a Linux system.  Then you will have access to your cdrom and your hard drive from an existing linux distribution.  You will then use programs on the installation cdrom to do a complete install.  There are different ways of doing this depending on the distribution you have.

It will be an enjoyable but somewhat timely project for me, but a good learning experience for you.  Are you interested?

You will have to tell me some details.

Do you have a 3.5 floppy drive?
What kind of cdrom drive ..ATAPI?
What distribution are you tring to install?
Come to think of it, doesn't timely mean early?  What I meant is that it will take a degree of time. :)
Redline338Author Commented:
Yes, I have a 3.5 Floppy.  My CD-ROM is a Kenwood true 52x.  It is IDE and it is plugged into my motherboard controler, not the ata 66.  I am using mandrake 6.5.  please email me at Redline338@aol.com on how to do this.  Thank you very much.


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