buggy ATA controller: I can install 4.11, but not 5.3 !?!

Rob spamrefuse at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 27 00:10:11 PST 2005


I have a very old Pentium-1 PC (60 MHz).

I have installed 4.11, without any problems,
although the dmesg output has a line about buggy
ATA controller (see below for dmesg output).

When I try to install 5.3 in this PC (using the
three floppies), I get to the point where FDISK
should start, but instead I get an error message
that says something like "No disk is found".

Any ideas why 4.11 can handle this, but 5.3 cannot?

Moreover, 4.11 seems to be running fine on this PC.



'dmesg' output after 4.11 installation:

CPU: Pentium/P5 (58.18-MHz 586-class CPU)
  Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0x517  Stepping = 7
real memory  = 25165824 (24576K bytes)
avail memory = 19152896 (18704K bytes)
Preloaded elf kernel "kernel" at 0xc055c000.
Intel Pentium detected, installing workaround for
    F00F bug
md0: Malloc disk
npx0: <math processor> on motherboard
npx0: INT 16 interface
pcib0: <Host to PCI bridge> on motherboard
pci0: <PCI bus> on pcib0
atapci0: <RZ 100? ATA controller !WARNING! buggy
     chip data loss possible> at device 1.0 on pci0
atapci0: ATA channel disabled by BIOS


ad0: 520MB <ST3660A>
     [1057/16/63] at ata0-master BIOSPIO
ad1: 2423MB <SAMSUNG WINNER-3 WN32543A(2.5GB)>
     [4924/16/63] at ata0-slave BIOSPIO

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