The dreaded IDE mode for SATA disks

Replaced one mainboard instance (an ASUS E35M-M) with another of the same kind, but found the OS not to fully boot to the login prompt due to apparent change of required disk controller driver. What happened? Turns out it was this utterly stupid “SATA mode: IDE” setting in the BIOS. Wtf can't it default to “AHCI”? The change means that different drivers are required to access the disk — ahci vs ati_amdaxp). Set it to AHCI and boot completed again.

Posted 2012-05-23 19:05 / Tags: Hardware, Linux, Postit Notes. / link