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Old 11-05-2003, 10:04 PM   #1
cirofren
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fdisk returns "unable to find /dev/hda" cfdisk crashes.


I'm currently in the midst of install Gentoo 1.4 and I can't seem to make it past fdisk.

fdisk /dev/hda returns "unable to find /dev/hda" and cfdisk just plain crashes.
There's no entries for the hard drive in /etc/fstab, but I don't really know how to edit that properly. I'm confident that it's not a hardware problem as it has run other operating systems without worry before.

Any help would be great,
- cirofren
 
Old 11-05-2003, 10:20 PM   #2
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Post the output of the dmesg command that pertains to the IDE and hard drive sections. It will look something like this:
Code:
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 6.31
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
ICH: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev f9
ICH: chipset revision 2
ICH: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0x2160-0x2167, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:DMA
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0x2168-0x216f, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:DMA
PDC20267: IDE controller on PCI bus 02 dev 50
PDC20267: chipset revision 2
PDC20267: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
PDC20267: (U)DMA Burst Bit ENABLED Primary PCI Mode Secondary PCI Mode.
    ide2: BM-DMA at 0x1000-0x1007, BIOS settings: hde:pio, hdf:pio
    ide3: BM-DMA at 0x1008-0x100f, BIOS settings: hdg:DMA, hdh:DMA
hda: QUANTUM FIREBALLP LM20.5, ATA DISK drive
hdb: QUANTUM FIREBALLP LM30, ATA DISK drive
hdc: Compaq CRD-8322B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
hdd: PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W2410A, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
hdf: IC35L060AVER07-0, ATA DISK drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
ide2 at 0x1088-0x108f,0x1096 on irq 18
blk: queue c040dca4, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
hda: 40132503 sectors (20548 MB) w/1900KiB Cache, CHS=2498/255/63, UDMA(66)
blk: queue c040ddf0, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
hdb: 58633344 sectors (30020 MB) w/1900KiB Cache, CHS=3649/255/63, UDMA(66)
blk: queue c040e4b8, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
hdf: 120103200 sectors (61493 MB) w/1916KiB Cache, CHS=119150/16/63, UDMA(100)
hdc: ATAPI 32X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache, DMA
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
Partition check:
 hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
 hdb: unknown partition table
 hdf: [PTBL] [7943/240/63] hdf1

Last edited by crabboy; 11-05-2003 at 10:30 PM.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:03 AM   #3
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The problem was the IDE cable, once replaced it worked fine. I still don't understand how debian worked with the faulty cable, but at least now it's fixed, thanks anway.
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