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Old 08-01-2008, 02:37 AM   #1
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SATA HDD not detected


I have Samsung Laptop model number SQ45S&OS. I 160GB sata HDD and created two partition of NTFS and installed Windows XP in c drive. Now i wanna install linux on the other partition. Once I booted my system on Fedora 6, it did not detect the hard disk. I have also checked my bios but there is no such option like related to IDE or SATA, though it displays that my laptop has 160GB sata drive.

Any suggestions how my system could detect my sata HDD and also does Fedora 6 support sata HDD.
 
Old 08-01-2008, 04:26 AM   #2
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Try to install a more recent version of Fedora Core. That may fix the problem. Sometimes the motherboard manufactures only aim for Windows compatibility instead of meeting standards for things such as ACPI. Windows introduced their own specifications instead of the ACPI standard. The non-standard acpi functions can make installing a non-windows OS difficult. The kernel drivers' source is littered with comments on broken devices that need to be worked around.

You could try changing the "Is a PnP OS" or "Is an ACPI OS" setting. Sometimes that helps, if Linux can't rely on the Motherboards acpi functions. If the computer uses a foxconn motherboard, then you may have a lot of problems because they may have sabotaged linux support.

There may be a BIOS setting to emulate a PATA interface.

Another option is to load the sata kernel module you need:
Code:
locate sata | grep .ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_inic162x.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_mv.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_nv.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_promise.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_qstor.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_sil.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_sil24.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_sis.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_svw.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_sx4.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_uli.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_via.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-default/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_vsc.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_inic162x.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_mv.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_nv.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_promise.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_qstor.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_sil.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_sil24.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_sis.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_svw.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_sx4.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_uli.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_via.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.25.11-0.1-xen/kernel/drivers/ata/sata_vsc.ko
Which one you need depends on the hardware.
This is what my desktop uses:
Code:
sata_nv                46860  7
libata                195104  3 pata_amd,sata_nv,pata_sil680
This is what my laptop uses:

If you boot up with a modern live distro that detects the drive, you can examine information on the controller and the kernel module.
Code:
sudo /sbin/lspci -v | sed -n '/SATA/,/^$/p'
root's password:
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device ff00
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 4346
        I/O ports at 18f0 [size=8]
        I/O ports at 18e4 [size=4]
        I/O ports at 18e8 [size=8]
        I/O ports at 18e0 [size=4]
        I/O ports at 18c0 [size=32]
        Memory at f2504000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
        Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/4 Enable+
        Capabilities: [70] Power Management version 3
        Capabilities: [a8] SATA HBA <?>
        Capabilities: [b0] PCIe advanced features <?>
        Kernel driver in use: ahci
        Kernel modules: ahci

Last edited by jschiwal; 08-01-2008 at 04:28 AM.
 
Old 08-01-2008, 04:44 AM   #3
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:36 AM   #4
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somenathbose : you can't ask a question on a
different topic in a thread. Please just start
a new thread.

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Old 08-21-2008, 10:34 AM   #5
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I have similar problem... can anybody help me out...
But this one is bit different from the real question asked..

My problem:

I Installed Fedora 9 to my IDE enabled hard disk.
I purchased a new SATA hard disk and installed it properly.
The BIOS is detecting it and shows that it has 160GB capacity.
Even Windows is detecting it.
But I am unable to detect new SATA hard disk in Fedora 9.

I executed this command

# /sbin/fdisk -l

I got this as the output...

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x202b4715

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 2432 19535008+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 2433 9728 58605120 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 2433 4727 18434556 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 4728 4864 1100421 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 4865 7296 19535008+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda8 7297 8512 9767488+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda9 8513 9728 9767488+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

It shows only one hard disk that is the IDE hard disk. I am confused why it starts with sda? Rather it should start with hda right???

And this command with its output..

# df -h

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda5 18G 9.4G 7.1G 58% /
tmpfs 501M 188K 500M 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda9 9.4G 8.9G 461M 96% /media/TARANEY
/dev/sda8 9.4G 7.9G 1.5G 85% /media/Misc
/dev/sda1 19G 15G 4.1G 79% /media/disk
/dev/sda7 19G 19G 191M 100% /media/PREVIOUS

Can anybody help me out to detect my SATA hard disk??

This is my first post in this forum... I always search the internet to find solutions to my problem and get them solved, but never posted in any forums. I could not find out any solution to this problem. What all suggestions I got from the searched items I could not figure out what the problem is.
Hoping that someone can help me out in this regards.

Thanx in advance.
 
Old 08-23-2008, 07:12 AM   #6
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_"sikku"
Welcome to Linux Questions.

But it is not allowed to hijack a thread for a question.

Please go to > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Fedora
==> New Thread

Regards
 
Old 08-23-2008, 11:14 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by knudfl View Post
_"sikku"
Welcome to Linux Questions.

But it is not allowed to hijack a thread for a question.

Please go to > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Fedora
==> New Thread

Regards
I thought it is a similar question... So i asked here it self...
My intention was never to hijack....
Sorry if i violated any rules...
 
Old 08-25-2008, 09:36 AM   #8
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It's OK, sikku, no harm done, it is just a "method"
used in this forum to have clarity and simplicity.

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