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Hey guys just installed ubuntu and im having problems in that linux refuses to recognise my IDE hard drive. It mounts my root (sata) Hard drive fine but there is no mention of any IDE drives in my /dev directory as showen below
$ ls /dev/hd*
ls: /dev/hd*: No such file or directory
All sata drives are handled through the scsi subsystem, therefore, they all have /dev/sd prefixes (/dev/sda is your first sata drive usually). Type "cat /proc/partitions" for a listing of drives and partitions that have been detected.
You failed to mention your hardware configuration, and your kernel version, etc..
A lot depends on the motherboard. Most PATA ide controllers (ribbon cable) are handled by the ata_piix driver. There are a few others for 3rd party controllers. First, check to see if ata_piix is loaded.
If you have one of the new Intel 965 boards, best of luck to you. The pata controller is a stripped down version of Marvell's SATA Raid PCIe controller ductaped to the ICH8, and not currently supported in Linux (last I checked - 8/31).
If this doesn't help, please post more hardware details. The output from lspci will help.
There is hope for you yet! I did some research on your system, and found that it uses a JMicron Technologies AHCI controller. This is listed in the pci.ids table that ships with Mandriva 2007rc1. So there is potential Linux support for your system. You might try getting a newer test kernel for Ubuntu, or switching to Mandriva. Also, your audio is listed as a Realtek ALC883 codec. Could you send me the output from "lspci -s 0:1b -vn"? I'm currently working on the Intel HDA audio drivers, and will see about getting specific support for your board added to alsa.
Wow I realy wasnt expecting anyone to put this much effort, really appreciate it. Im not all that keane to switc to mandriv (ive only been running ubuntu for a week) so where would i find\download a newer test kernel?
As for the sound
0000:00:1b.0 0403: 8086:284b (rev 02)
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 66
Memory at f8100000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities:  Power Management version 2
Capabilities:  Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities:  #10