Re: sata problem on SuSE 9.2
9.2 uses 2.6.8 if I'm not mistaken for the kernel, and that seems to have SATA issues.
Until Suse updates the install kernel to 2.6.11 you're pretty much screwed. I thought 9.3 was out though, I'd advise trying that.
It's a kernel fault though, and it's not your software or hardware.
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