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Old 09-08-2005, 03:47 AM   #1
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Question Linux Installation on SATA Hard Disk


When i try to install RHEL3 on my system which has a SATA Hard Disk and Win XP is alrewady installed on it it give me a error no Hard disk found. Pls. Tell me how to fix this problem.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 05:26 AM   #2
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I have the same problem .... and i posted it too on a few forums ... but no decent reply till now. lets hope for the best.
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Old 09-08-2005, 11:26 AM   #3
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Hey I am here.

Just download Fedora (the son of Red Hat).

Many old versions of Linux can't recognise a Sata. That is all.

While on this subject, Ubuntu is the No 1 distro currently and it cannot reach that position without some nice features. It eats Sata for breakfast!

Personally I can't see why you guys can't have them both or even more. Both FC2/FC3/FC4 and Ubuntu can be accommodated in a 5Gb partition but you need a 1Gb swap partition common to all Linux. I am Linux scrumbag for having 45+ systems in the box so it isn't greedy to have a few.

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Old 09-08-2005, 03:44 PM   #4
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Hello,

My understanding is that SATA support is built into the 2.6.X kernel. With the 2.4.X kernel you had to add a patch?

I may be wrong.

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Old 09-08-2005, 03:59 PM   #5
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Adding a patch isn't going to be very helpful during an installation. If the Linux can't be installed where can it be patched?

Even a XP need a Sata driver, usually in a floppy, installed before it can see the Sata.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 08:13 PM   #6
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Hi saikee,

Told you I might be wrong. ;-)

I had a friend install an older Linux on a SATA based machine. Not sure how he did it but after he installed he was unable to locate or mount the drives.

I guess it can be installed though.

http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html

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Old 09-09-2005, 02:34 AM   #7
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I think some of the old distros do allow you to pick a kernel that recognise a Sata at the beginning but that isn't universal. I haven't look deep into elive.
 
Old 09-09-2005, 07:45 AM   #8
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Slackware comes with a few pre-compiled kernels. All you have to do is to enter the right boot option (e.g. boot: sata.i) to boot a kernel with sata support. I don't know about other distros.
 
Old 09-09-2005, 03:54 PM   #9
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Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora Core 4

Greetings,

I just got two new barebone PC from ASUS: http://usa.asus.com/products/desktop...1/overview.htm
T2-AE1. Sempron 64 bits 2600+
With one 80GB WesternDigital SATA.

Chipset
North Bridge: SiS 760GX
South Bridge: 965L

I have tryed to install Ubuntu 5.04 (32 and 64 bit) = Can't find partitionable media!
CentOS 4.1 (32 and 64 bit) = Can't find HardDrive.
Fedora Core 4 (32 and 64 bit) = both version keep on rebooting, can't even test de media
Fedora Core 3 ( 32bit)

So it seems that i have a problem with my SATA drive. I pluged a Pata drive with the CDrom as a slave, Installation work fine for all distro (Not FC4)

Any other idea of what i could try ? Or how to debug this error?

Thank you,
 
Old 09-09-2005, 04:16 PM   #10
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My Ubuntu 5.04 sees the Sata as sda & sdb
Haven't checked my Cento 4.1
FC3 & 4 have no problem either calling them sda & sdb. In fact my FC4 is in sdb10

I leave the bigLinux for the Sata because I can't get more than 15 partitions out of a Sata as it is a SCSI type disk. For IDE I can get 60 partitions out out of Linux. My distros are in 5Gb slots so most of them are in IDE drives.

I have also Mandriva 2006-0.2, Scientific Linux and Asianux 2.0 bootable in the Sata.

According to the notes I kept the following distros can recognise Sata without additional tweak

Blag, Red Flag, Linare, Vine, Specifix, PClinux, slax, Sam, Suse, Frugalware, Mepis, Zenwalk, knoppix

I haven't gone into debugging it yet. Got the feeling if I wait long enough all of them will sort themselves out.
 
Old 09-09-2005, 04:38 PM   #11
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What is wrong?

Greetings,

So, what would cause my SATA not to work with Ubuntu, FC3 and FC4?

It is only a question of Chipset?

Is it because the SiS 760GX is not supported ?

What type of hardware do you have ? (Motherboard, CPU) ?

btk
 
Old 09-09-2005, 06:26 PM   #12
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Mine is pretty old socket A. Just a Asus K7N8X-E m/b with an Athlon 2800. It got Nvidia nForce 2 Ultra 400 & MCP-T for the Northbridge and Southbridge.
 
Old 09-09-2005, 07:08 PM   #13
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Find the sata drivers from red hat and load onto a floppy.At install with red hat or fedora it asks if you want to load drivers.Point to the floppy and continue with the install.
 
Old 09-09-2005, 09:48 PM   #14
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SATA Drivers?

Greetings,

Can you assist me, where can i find the RedHat or Fedora drivers for the SATA, how to choose the correct drivers.. Is it based on the ChipSet : SiS 760GX

Is that what i have to look for? On what web site ?


Btk
 
Old 09-10-2005, 12:05 AM   #15
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Nevermind,I was thinking sata raid or sata with an interface card in which you would need the drivers for the interface card...most have red hat drivers.

My suggestion is try a new version of a distro.

Almost all the new distro releases will work with sata.
 
  


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