Debian Etch currently does not (and presumably never will) install on an ASUS P5QL Pro motherboard, and presumably related boards. I have succeeded in getting an AMD64 install in the following way (warning; kludge to follow):
- Spend ages tweaking an AMD64 chroot install on a partition using your existing AMD64 machine. I did this since I didn't yet have the board and wanted something to do.
- Fail to boot the system using this.
- Turn on AHCI disk access in the BIOS.
- Obtain an Ubuntu 7.04 i386 Alternative DVD (apparently the graphical one broke with my card).
- dpkg --force-architecture --install the deb for the latest (2.6.27-5 at time or writing) AMD64 kernel
- Use grub to boot your chroot with the initrd and kernel above, with init=/bin/sh as a boot option.
- From the prompt, chroot into your new system, and install the kernel packages (actually, if you weren't as stupid as me, you might have done this first).
- Boot properly into this new system, copy the config-whatever file to the source for the newest kernel from kernel.org, and make-kpkg, install the deb, etc. (the Ubuntu one needed a mewer libc6 than in Lenny)
Of course, most of this wasn't required in hindsight. Key points, though:
- You need 2.6.27 (maybe 26) for the atl1e driver for your network card. My suggestion is to use a chroot system like I did, but do it properly first time. Note that the driver supplied on-CD compiled fine under Ubuntu, so if you can get your system installed by other means, you may be OK.
- You need to set AHCI disk access in the BIOS, or nothing works (more specifically, generic.all_generic_ide was the only way to get things recognised, and I got random hangs while transferring data; I may have needed irqpoll, too...).
Sound card is hda-intel and works fine, contrary to linux-tested's opinion. They admittedly were probably using older kernels and different distributions.
PATA support is pretty dodgy; my CDROM drive seems to think it's got no media in often when I mount it (but I've successfully mounted it a few times under Ubuntu at least, to install packages); ejecting works fine. Eventually gave up and just bought a SATA CDROM, ridding myself of IDE forever.
Following the advice from Alf Høgemark and using
modprobe w83627ehf force_id=0x8860 resulted in working sensors.