sata_nv fails to detect drives
This issue is not really related to i386 alone as amd64 is also effected. This
effects any kernel using the libata SCSI sata_nv driver for SATA.
This may have something to do with nForce controllers and Seagate drives, I'm
not sure. I first saw this on my system which is using an Iwill DK8N nForce 250
Pro motherboard and Seagate 200GB hard drives (ST3200822AS). I had the drives
connected to the nForce controller while attempting to install Ubuntu. The
drives and/or SATA controller appeared to be detected by the sata_nv module but
I got this error message when the kernel attempts to boot:
ata1 is slow to respond
ata2 is slow to respond
Eventually the drives time-out and are not usable for installation.
This problem is described and a patch exists in the Linux kernel buzilla:
After applying that patch it appears to work normally. Although I have not
tested with a 188.8.131.52 kernel, it should work for that as well.