kernel-2.6.17-1.2139_FC5 breaks promise drivers for _non-raid_ SATA

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I'm running a seagate 250GB SATA drive as the main boot drive of the
system, non-raid. The motherboard apparently has some sort of deal going
that causes sata_nv to also load, but there are no ports on the
motherboard for connection. I wound up installing the promise card
instead to use the new hard disk:

$ lspci |grep -i promise
01:08.0 Mass storage controller: Promise Technology, Inc. PDC20575
(SATAII150 TX2plus) (rev 02)

dmidecode shows the motherboard Version: ASUS A7N266-VM ACPI BIOS Rev
1004/AA, and /proc/cpuinfo shows model name : AMD Athlon(TM) XP 1700+

Upgrading to the kernel-2.6.17-1.2139_FC5 release caused the system to
completely fail to continue booting; I got a long string of error
messages that never get logged because the boot process past the grub
bootloader never gets that far. 

commenting out the new kernel (or otherwise choosing the previous
kernel-2.6.16-1.2133_FC5 release) returns the boot process to normal and
I am able to get in just fine again. Rushed this one out, did we? :-)

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anyone else experience something similar?

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