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Old 11-08-2005, 05:42 PM   #1
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Urgent attention


I bought a new computer and install the Windows XP. I used the Partition Magic Program and make a 70GB partition for Linux and 2000MB Swap partition for Linux too.

Afterwards, I bought Fedora Core 4 version and tried to install it. I struggled hours to install. It doesn’t recognize the hard drive.
[ My IDE Controller - Ali M5229 PCI Bus Master IDE Controller]



CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3200+

Motherboard Name ASRock K8 Combo-Z (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 5 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)

Motherboard Chipset ULi/ALi M1689, AMD Hammer

System Memory 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (08/30/05)

Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter RADEON 9250 - Secondary (128 MB)

Video Adapter RADEON 9250 (128 MB)

3D Accelerator ATI Radeon 9250 (RV280)

Monitor Samsung SAMTRON 75(M)E (Plus) [17" CRT] (HMAKA03804)


Multimedia:
Audio Adapter ULi/ALi M5455 AC'97 Audio Controller


Storage:
IDE Controller ALi M5229 PCI Bus Master IDE Controller

IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive Maxtor 6B160M0 (160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)

Optical Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A

SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 72284 MB (67067 MB free)
E: (FAT32) 46 MB (46 MB free)
Total Size 70.6 GB (65.5 GB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse Microsoft PS/2 Mouse


Network:
Network Adapter ULi PCI Fast Ethernet Controller (83.250.92.194)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I received the following messages when trying to install.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Warning

No hard drives have been found. You probably need to manually choose device drivers for the installation to succeed. Would you like to select drivers now?


Yes No

I selected the ‘ Yes’ .


I got the following message.

The following devices have been found on your system.

1. DEC 21040, most 21 x 40 Ethernet (tulip)

2 ULi SATA Controllers (sata-uli)

I selected the second one.

Then I got the following message.

No Drivers found

An error has occurred – no valid devices were found on which to create new file systems. Please check your hardware for the cause of the problem.



.[ I guess the problem is that it doesn’t find the driver for the disk.]
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Why can’t I install ‘ Fedora Linux CORE 2 Release]?
I have 4 original CDs of the program.


I tried to install in different ways.

1. linux noprobe. [ This mode said to be avoid hardware problems. No it didn’t work for me.]

They have a lot of device drivers to select. Some are SCSI drivers. I selected some of the drivers and tried. No it didn't work.

Your help and advise is deeply appreciated.
 
Old 11-08-2005, 06:13 PM   #2
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I think that you problem is based on the fact that you have 2 IDE controllers installed. Probably your Maxtor hard drive is installed on the secondary controller and Fedora is not finding the secondary controller, only the primary. In this situation the DOS C:, D:, names don't tell you where the hard drive is physically located.

I suggest that you start by looking in the BIOS and finding out what address the BIOS is using for the Maxtor hard drive. Once we know where it is we could work on telling Fedora how to find it.

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Old 11-08-2005, 06:38 PM   #3
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Here are more details:

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BIOS Properties:
Vendor American Megatrends Inc.
Version L2.31
Release Date 08/30/2005
Size 256 KB
Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP, LS-120
Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD, BBS
Supported Standards DMI, ACPI
Expansion Capabilities PCI, AGP, USB

[ System ]

System Properties:
Manufacturer TBD
Product K8 Combo-Z
Version 1.00
Serial Number 00000000
Universal Unique ID 00020003-00040005-00060007-00080009
Wake-Up Type Power Switch

[ Motherboard ]

Motherboard Properties:
Manufacturer TBD
Product K8 Combo-Z
Version 1.00
Serial Number 00000000

[ Processors / AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+ ]

Processor Properties:
Manufacturer AMD
Version AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
Serial Number TBD
Asset Tag TBD
Part Number TBD
External Clock 200 MHz
Maximum Clock 2000 MHz
Current Clock 2000 MHz
Type Central Processor
Voltage 3.3 V, 2.9 V
Status Enabled
Socket Designation CPUSocket

[ Caches / L1-Cache ]

Cache Properties:
Type Internal
Status Enabled
Operational Mode Varies with Memory Address
Associativity 4-way Set-Associative
Maximum Size 128 KB
Installed Size 128 KB
Supported SRAM Type Pipeline Burst
Current SRAM Type Pipeline Burst
Error Correction Single-bit ECC
Socket Designation L1-Cache

[ Caches / L2-Cache ]





Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard ID 62-231-0000010-00101111-083005-ALI$K8CBZ231_K8 COMBO-Z BIOS P2.40
Motherboard Name ASRock K8 Combo-Z (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 5 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)

Chipset Properties:
Motherboard Chipset ULi/ALi M1689, AMD Hammer
Memory Timings 2.5-3-3-8 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
Command Rate (CR) 2T

SPD Memory Modules:
DIMM1 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM2 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)

BIOS Properties:
System BIOS Date 08/30/05
Video BIOS Date 05/04/26
DMI BIOS Version L2.31

Graphics Processor Properties:
Video Adapter PowerColor Radeon 9250
GPU Code Name RV280 (AGP 8x 1002 / 5960, Rev 01)
GPU Clock 238 MHz (original: 240 MHz)
Memory Clock 200 MHz (original: 200 MHz)






Device Properties:
Driver Description Maxtor 6B160M0
Driver Date 2001-07-01
Driver Version 5.1.2535.0
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File disk.inf

Disk Device Physical Info:
Manufacturer Maxtor
Hard Disk Family DiamondMax 10
Form Factor 3.5"
Formatted Capacity 160 GB
Physical Dimensions 147 x 101.6 x 26.1 mm
Max. Weight 630 g
Average Rotational Latency 4.17 ms
Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Average Seek 9 ms
Interface SATA
Buffer-to-Host Data Rate 150 MB/s
Buffer Size 8 MB

Device Manufacturer:
Company Name Maxtor Corporation
Product Information http://www.maxtor.com/en/products/


[ _NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description _NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A
Driver Date 2001-07-01
Driver Version 5.1.2535.0
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File cdrom.inf

Device Manufacturer:
Company Name NEC Corporation
Product Information http://www.nec-global.com/prod/index.html


[ ALi M5229 PCI Bus Master IDE Controller ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description ALi M5229 PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
Driver Date 2003-03-06
Driver Version 1.5.1.0
Driver Provider ALi Coporation
INF File oem4.inf

Device Resources:
Port FF00-FF0F

[ Primary IDE Channel ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Primary IDE Channel
Driver Date 2001-07-01
Driver Version 5.1.2600.2180
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File mshdc.inf

[ Primary IDE Channel ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Primary IDE Channel
Driver Date 2001-07-01
Driver Version 5.1.2600.2180
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File mshdc.inf

Device Resources:
IRQ 14
Port 01F0-01F7
Port 03F6-03F6

[ Secondary IDE Channel ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Secondary IDE Channel
Driver Date 2001-07-01
Driver Version 5.1.2600.2180
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File mshdc.inf

[ Secondary IDE Channel ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Secondary IDE Channel
Driver Date 2001-07-01
Driver Version 5.1.2600.2180
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File mshdc.inf

Device Resources:
IRQ 15
Port 0170-0177
Port 0376-0376

[ Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Driver Date 2001-07-01
Driver Version 5.1.2600.2180
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File mshdc.inf

Device Resources:
IRQ 19
Port 0E00-0E03
Port 0E80-0E87
Port 0F00-0F03
Port 0F80-0F87
Port D880-D88F

[ Standard floppy disk controller ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Standard floppy disk controller
Driver Date 2001-07-01
Driver Version 5.1.2600.0
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File fdc.inf


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I can't see the BIOS details. Do you find something useful?
I got those details from a Windows freeware program called Everest. It
looks into the system.
 
Old 11-08-2005, 07:54 PM   #4
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FYI after 443 posts you should now know that "urgent attention" is a bad title for a thread.

A quick google did not provide much help. I got mixed results on m1689 chipset support out of the box. Check the BIOS to see if the SATA controller can emulate PATA. You might be forced to install the OS on an IDE drive and then install the drivers.

You can download the drivers here:
http://www.uli.com.tw/eng/support/drivers.php
 
Old 11-09-2005, 02:48 AM   #5
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You didn' t like the title Urgent attention. I didn't find a suitable name than that. It was
one 0' clock in the night. My brain was completely exhausted.

I need the driver for M5229. The site you mentioned was the correct one. It didn't have a
the M5229. This is very strange.

I have a CD from the shop I bought. I look at it too. I didn't find M5229 in that CD either.

What shall I do?
 
Old 11-09-2005, 07:20 AM   #6
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I can not tell exactly what is going on.
If all you have is the SATA hard drive then the M5229 PCI controller should not be the issue and it should be supported. From what I can tell the SATA controller needs the M1689 drivers.
 
Old 11-09-2005, 07:52 AM   #7
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Thanks michaelk

Your support worth millions to me. I will download that driver and try again. Just now I
erased the entire Linux partition using Partition Magic program. I thought there were some
unwanted stuff left there as I tried 2 days in a row to install this Fedora.

Now I will create a new Linux partition of about 80 GB. Afterwards, I will download the driver
you suggested. My Windows XP works. So I could go to the Internet. I don't like
Windows. I am a Linux-cum- Solaris fan. I would install Solaris on another computer when I
finish this.

My previous computer had both Mandrake Linux and Windows XP. It crashed and everything
went to hell. Now I bought this 64bit computer. No FTP site offers Mandriva 64 bit version.



Then I downloaded Fedora 64 bit version from a FTP site. You could download only Fedora 64
bit from FTP sites. Other distros are only 32 bit version.

The downloaded version didn't work. It complain about Kernel panic and some other rubbish.
So I bought this Fedora Core 4 Release.

[When the old computer started, it asked whether I want Linux or Windows. The LILO was doing this. I want the same procedure on this new computer.]

Please keep a good watch on this thread. I deeply appreciate
your support.

Last edited by Gins; 11-09-2005 at 07:54 AM.
 
Old 11-09-2005, 09:16 AM   #8
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Hello

I downloaded those 3 files. They are related to M1689 drivers.

They have 3 drivers. I downloaded all of them.

They are

1689_Linux_K2.6.x_Int_1.1.zip

Linux_K2.6.x_Integrated132.zip

1689_Linux_K2.6x_In...rated_Driver_1.0.zip



How can I open these Linux files in Windows XP?
Are they .rar files?
How can I transport them to Linux Installation process?


Only the first file could be downloaded to a floppy disk. The other 2 files are
large and refused to download onto a floppy.

Of course, I could copy them on to a CD as my Nero CD Burning on Windows
works. I don't think it will be correct to open Linux files on Windows XP computers.

What shall I do? I know how to open .rar files and .zip files in Windows
XP. I don't know how to handle them in Linux. In Linux, I work with tarballs.
 
Old 11-09-2005, 09:20 AM   #9
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zip files are zip files. Unzip them in windows and burn to a CD.
 
Old 11-09-2005, 09:23 AM   #10
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Thanks

I will unzip them immediately and put on a CD.

Please keep a good watch on this thread. I will be posting when I need help.
 
Old 11-09-2005, 11:20 AM   #11
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I unzipped them and burnt on to a CD.

I followed the instructions.

They want to put the file on to a floppy disk.

I formatted 4 floppies and copied the files on to them.
[The only formatting option in Windows XP is FAT. It doesn't say whether it is
FAT 32 or FAT 16. I don't have a licensed Windows XP. Because I don't need Windows.
I am not a Windows fan. I just keep Windows as a symbolic program.]

In Windows XP, all the 4 floppies works fine. I mean you could see the files.




They asked me to do the following option when installing Fedora Linux.

linux dd


I did it.

At one stage, as they mentioned in their text file, I inserted the floppy which
has the files. [There is an option; it was either 'fd0' or 'hdd'. I selected 'fd0'. Because
'hdd' stands for the hard drive.]

The answer was : Failed to mount drive disk.


I inserted all the 4 disks. The answer was the same.



The funny thing is all the 4 disks are read by Windows XP.



What shall I do now? Do you have any options?




The following is their 'Readme' file. I just followed the Installation guide.
Please read 3.2
[Though I don't have a SCSI system, this is the procedure.]



----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ULi SATA Linux SCSI driver for 2.6.x
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Copyright (c) 2004, ULi Electronics Inc.


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CONTENTS
------------------
1. ULi M5289 SATA Controller Core
2. File Signature
3. Installation Guide
4. Revision History
5. Disclaimer


1. ULi M5289 SATA Controller Core
=============================================
You can use command
/sbin/lspci -n
or
cat /proc/pci | grep 5289
to determine whether ULi M5289 SATA controller exists in your
system. If yes, simply follow the steps below to install the driver.

This driver is dedicated to support ULi M5289 SATA Controller
under Linux platform.

Any improper use of this module, such as combining it with different
hardware and/or software environment, may produce unpredicable results.
The author of the driver and its property owner do not have
responsibility for any property lose or damage.


2. File Signature
====================
./fedora2-32bit/ M5289 fedora2 32 bit driver
./fedora2-64bit/ M5289 fedora2 64 bit driver
readme.txt this file

3.Installation Guide
====================
Select one of three kinds drivers(2.6.8, fedora2 32bit, fedora2 64bit)
and copy all the files to a flopy disk.

3.1 To install the ULi SATA Linux Driver into an EXISTING SYSTEM:

1.) Boot linux system and login as root.

2.) Insert Driver Disk for install ULi SATA Driver by issuing
commands :
# mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
# cd /mnt/floppy
# sh install (Answer Yes/No when inquire setup configuration)

You can answer Yes to bind ALi RAID driver into linux booting.

# cd ..
# umount /dev/fd0

3.) Reboot Fedora2 linux system.

3.2 To install the ULi SATA Linux Driver into a NEW SYSTEM

1.) Start the Red fedora2 Installation with CD-ROM booting.

2.) When the cd boot up the system, a prompt labeled "boot:" will appear
at the bottom of the screen, then type "linux dd" then press enter key.

3.) At the "Driver Disk" dialog box, insert the ULi SATA Driver Disk in the
floppy drive and then select "Yes" and select the "fd0" as the driver
disk source to continue install.

4.) When a "Error" dialog box appear,select "Manually choose" then you will
see the "Select Device Driver to Load" dialog list show the all disk driver;
Select the "ULi SATA Controller(sata_uli)" in the list then select "ok".

5.) Continue with the installation as normal.


4. Revision History
===================
V0.90 - First release.


5. Disclaimer
=============
Product names used in this file are for identification purposes only
and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

No part of this file may be copied or reproduced without written
consent from ULi Electronics.

ULi Electronics makes no warranty for the use of its products and
assumes no responsibility for any errors which may appear in this file
nor does it make a commitment to update the information contained
herein.

ULi Electronics retains the right to make changes to these
specifications at any time, without notice.

Last edited by Gins; 11-09-2005 at 11:21 AM.
 
Old 11-09-2005, 04:50 PM   #12
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I urge someone to look at this and help me. I badly need to
install Linux on my computer.
 
Old 11-09-2005, 04:55 PM   #13
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Did you mount the floppy drive as root or as the user? You need to do it as root.
 
Old 11-09-2005, 06:43 PM   #14
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Quote:
Originally posted by Gins
You didn' t like the title Urgent attention. I didn't find a suitable name than that. It was
one 0' clock in the night. My brain was completely exhausted.
That's a horrible excuse in my opinion. Quite frankly, there should be no excuse as I've seen horrible thread titles in the past from you, one even being the same exact title with a different question. Please read this post in the sticky that actually resides in this very forum please about titling your threads.

Thanks.
 
Old 11-10-2005, 01:42 AM   #15
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I will try my level best to maintain discipline in all future postings.

Xavier, it is not possible to mount as root. Because I don't have Linux.
I have Windows XP. I partitioned the hard disk using Windows based program
called 'Partition Magic'.


So one half of the hard disk is Windows and the other half is Linux.
I just put the bootable installation CD and restart the computer.
It works fine. The only problem was that it doesn't recognize the
floppy.

This floppy is a Windows floppy. I just download the drivers using
Windows XP.

In Windows XP, I can read this floppy. So the floppy is fine.

It simply fails to read during the installation process.

I knew about those strange problems and I made 4 floppies.

None of them recognizes during the installation process.
 
  


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