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Old 06-29-2005, 02:56 PM   #1
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Exclamation Hard drive not detected

I recently bought a new laptop, namely a TOSHIBA Portege S100, and I really wanted to install Linux on it. But I have tried several distros and they all fail to detect my hard drive.

I tried the following distros :

Ubuntu 5.04
Xandros 3.02
Debian Sarge
VidaLinux OS (VLOS 1.1)
Mandriva 10.2

The only one that detected my hard drive properly is Mandriva, but after the intall is complete I can't login in graphical mode... I only get a blank screen.

I checked the md5sum of the ISOs I downloaded they were OK.

I used Nero 6.6 to burn the CDs, but I don't think it could be a bad burn because they all fail to detect the same thing...

My hard drive is a 60 GB TOSHIBA RAID LDO Disk as per Win XP...

I really don't know what to do... please help me.


Old 06-29-2005, 03:39 PM   #2
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I heard that the new toshiba will have sata disks.. is this the case?
Old 06-30-2005, 02:28 AM   #3
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Yes, I'm pretty sure it is. Would that be the problem?

Thx, Merci


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Old 06-30-2005, 07:43 AM   #4
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Yes, if that's the case you will need to use a SCSI (and consequently SATA-enabled) kernel for the distro you want to install, and that should detect your SATA disk.



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