DSL-N :: detecting SATA with dsl-n

I have a new laptop that barely works with dsl (have to disable most hardware detection to boot -- crashes on shutdown regardless), but works very well with dsl-n.  Unfortunately, however, my SATA hard drive is not detected.  Apparently there is a SATA cheatcode for dsl, but this did not seem to work with dsl-n.  Is there another way to get SATA to work?

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