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Just got a nice Gateway quad-core PC to speed
up FPGA designs, so time to install Debian Linux on it. Install
went smoothly, until I tried to boot into Linux for the first time.
Then I get error messages:
ata1: softreset failed
(device not ready)
ata2: softreset failed (device not
and Linux hangs.
After a lot of
Google-ing and hacking (and hair-pulling), I finally found the
problem: The Debian installer set the boot partition on the SATA
drive to /dev/sdb3, and it really should have been /dev/sda3. Still
get the "softreset failed" errors, but Linux boots and seems to
Thinking about the problem: I used a
USB DVD drive for the install, and then disconnected it before
booting. I suspect the DVD was sda and the sata disk was sdb during
the install, and the sata became sda when booting without the DVD
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