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I am trying to clean up a couple of single core computers and am unsure what is happening. I have the BIOS on each set to boot first from the CD ROM, then hdd. All hdds are jumpered to Master and are attached to the last (of 2) connectors with the CD Rom connected to the 'inner' connector and jumpered to slave.
I am using Ubunutu 8.04 Live CD which on one computer always boots fully, but when I run the partition editor, it can find only one (a 20 GB drive that came out of an older windows XP machine) of 5 (IDE) hdd's. The other 4 show the message "No Devices Detected"
The second computer will boot up the Live CD only on the same 20 GB hdd, and on all the others the live CD will not boot up fully.
AFAIK all the hdd's are OK, but this makes me wonder if the 4 are knackered?
If you have 5 IDE HDs + 1 IDE CDROM then you have 6 IDE devices as opposed to the usual 4 on a MoBo. I would suspect that you have 1HD + 1CDROM on the MoBo's IDE channels and that your 4 HDs are on an IDE interface card. If Linux doesn't have a driver loaded for the IDE card, the partition software will not see the other drives. So - work out what driver that card needs and load it up from the installer via a shell before proceeding with the partitioning etc.
Apology for the quiet period, had to go out of town.
One of these two machines is a P3, the other is a later model single core AMD, and both have on-board IDE controllers. Does one set the autodetect option in BIOS? (The P3 is off the bench right now, so I can't boot it to nose around.)
Let me update on the AMD computer. I booted from a previously installed Ubunutu 8.04 hdd and in the shell ran
sudo fdisk -l
on each drive, one at a time.
Two of the four (one a 40GB WD and the other a Maxtor 120GB) did not respond and the other two both showed up in the shell.
Would you conclude from the above that the two non-responders are toes up?