Joined: Jan. 2008
||Posted: Jan. 15 2008,13:45
The boot process (livecd 4.2.2) can't detect the southbridge on my motherboard, which has the HDD/RAID/Audio controlers embedded in it and is the major I/O junction of the PC.
The bridge is from VIA (VT8237A, nothing out of the ordinary) and works in other Linuxs just fine.
The boot process goes only up to this line:
"VP_IDE Unknown VIA Southbridge, disabling DMA."
Booting with failsafe, sata support, expert, what ever, nothing helps. I have both IDA and SATA drives, but the problem seems to be even before DSL checks the drives... I mean it fails at the southbridge it self.
Booting with the SATA drive disabled in the bios also didn't change anything, which shows the process has a problem a stage before that.
I also have the Audio and RAID disabled by default, which of course doesn't really matter here because they come after the OS can talk to the southbridge.