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Old 05-26-2005, 12:17 AM   #1
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FC-3 Installation failure : Dell XPS system


Hello,

I'm trying to install Fedora Core - 3, in my Dell XPS Next gen system and at this point I've Windows XP and hard-drives partitioned for Linux thro' Symantec Partition Magic.

Anancoda, in the initial device detection phase complains
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No hard drives have been found. You probably need to manually choose device driver for the installation to succeed
, with an yes/no.

I opt 'no' and in the partition screen, choosing either 'automatic' or 'manual' complains
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No valid devices were found on which to create a file-system. Please check your hardware
What does this mean ?

Thanks,
Kramer.
 
Old 05-26-2005, 03:31 PM   #2
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It means that Anaconda does not recognize your drive controller or the presentation of the drive(s) in BIOS.

Are you trying to install FC3 onto windows software raid or JBOD drives? If yes, look into dmraid and see if you can find some options to pass to Anaconda.

Otherwise, you might have run into a problem with SATAII support, if your system has an SATAII controller/drives.

A listing of your hardware would be useful.
 
Old 05-27-2005, 09:08 PM   #3
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Under ATA/ATAPI controllers, I have the following 3 listed...

Intel 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA storage controllers - 266F
Intel 82801FR SATA AHCI Controller
Primary IDE channel

And my hard-drive is from Western Digital[ WDC WD2500JD-75HBBO ].

Thanks.

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Old 05-30-2005, 02:51 PM   #4
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Any suggestion on this ?

Thanks.
 
Old 06-03-2005, 08:28 PM   #5
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logical geometry

I undertsand what WhatsHisName is saying.
Anaconda is not liking your current version of your BIOS utility.
Thus it is not properly detecting the logical geometry of your Hard drive<s>.
The way I got around such problem is I kept clearing my bios and trying.
Ultimatly flash your bios with a newer version of a flash utility Or wing it and wait for the new version to come out.

I learnt this by painstakingly practicing on a 486 with Fc2

<tip: reasearch logical geometry on the net....not detecting all the cyclinders>
 
Old 06-12-2005, 12:39 AM   #6
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I flashed the BIOS with the latest from Dell and it gives me the same error

What do I do ?

Thanks.
 
Old 06-13-2005, 10:52 AM   #7
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I am still fairly new to linux but, I do know that it doesnt like some motherboards. I actually read a review from RHE to find this out. You may have to somehow get motherboard drivers bc it may be not recognizing your motherboard properly and or yer hard drives.
I recently found out of a good linux distro supposedly better than Fedora, called CentOS, just go to http://iso.linuxquestions.org...so far it works exactly like Fedora. But FC4 was supposed to be out yesterday. I personally would wait till inet traffic dies down. You may have more luck with one of those or another distro.
OR you can find a program on the net to write all digital O's to yer hard drive and ram<look at ultimate bootable cd, using maxblast or one of those> then retry Fedora from scratch.
It didnt like something during the install
You coyuld have gotten i386 and you need other type
 
Old 06-23-2005, 12:32 PM   #8
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RAID

I had this same eror happen on a Dell Poweredge, because I hadn't created a new container for the raid. I did that all in the BIOS then the machine did not give me that error. It gave me some other errors, but it got rid of the "hdd not found"

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