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Old 01-21-2004, 11:41 AM   #1
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Question RedHat 9.0 not booting


Installed RH9.0 w/o problem on a Pentium 120 MHz, 3 GB Quantum Fireball and in the box there is also a Seagate 1,2 GB. Reboot after fresh install halts with following message:
hda: task_no_data_intr : status = 0x51 {Drive Redy SeekComplete Error}
hda: task_no_data_intr : error = 0x04 {DriveStatus Error}
I tried the various options in Grub but found no way to solve the problem. I also tried the start-diskette I made during installation w/o success - same problem.
For som reason I unplugged the Seagate and restarted. Then the process went on longer but now I got the message that the system (obviously) couldn't find that drive. Error message contained something ending with " LABEL=<MyNameOnThisPartition>
I understand that I must remove the drive logically but being a newbie I just don't know how.
One of two answers will be higly appreciated: with and without the Seagate plugged in (I don't really need it but since I have it...)
Thanks for your help
Hans
 
Old 01-21-2004, 12:25 PM   #2
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> hda: task_no_data_intr : status = 0x51 {Drive Redy SeekComplete Error}
> hda: task_no_data_intr : error = 0x04 {DriveStatus Error}

you error messages start with hda, this means an error from first disk (boot disk)

if you disconnect the second disk (Seagate 1,2 GB) you must change the disk's jumper settings, with 2 disks in IDE you have the first (boot) one configured as master and the second as slave, look at the big connector's side, you'll see some jumpers. Normaly you'll see also some leters, MA -> master, SL -> slave, CS -> cable select.
for cable select you need a modified cable, normaly the cable is standard and you hato change disk's settings...

try to change in the BIOS the settings for your IDE bus, of course you'll have to know what you'r doing, you can break everything!
 
Old 01-21-2004, 12:49 PM   #3
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Thanks Pedro,
Thing is that my second (Seagate - hdc in my installation) is master on secondary and the Quantum (hda ) is master on the primary controller. The error is generated from hda when hdc is connected and it goes away when I unplug hdc.
It's either a controller problem, driver problem or incompatibility problem. I can do without the Seagate but how do I disconnect it logically to continue booting into Linux?
 
Old 01-22-2004, 04:08 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by hgunnarb
It's either a controller problem, driver problem or incompatibility problem. I can do without the Seagate but how do I disconnect it logically to continue booting into Linux? [/B]
?!? disconnect logicaly?...
well, if you disconnect the cable and in the BIOS you have a HD configured in the second bus then you'll get an error, go to the BIOS and put it in autodetect or disable it...
otherwise if you installed the boot partition in drive hda (first disk of primary IDE bus) then everything must work.
 
Old 01-25-2004, 07:44 AM   #5
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My problem is not the BIOS etc. I disconnected the faulty drive that had for some reason made hda unreachable. Everything is OK hardwarevise. My problem is that Linux during booot tries to connect the drive I disconnected (pulled the plug) and this generates an error.
I need to change the information about the disks on the system, but I don't know where this is stored nor do I know how to change it. The tools available are few and limited when Linux is not running. The fix is probably easy but beeing a newbie I don't know how to actually do it.
 
Old 01-25-2004, 07:50 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by hgunnarb
My problem is not the BIOS etc. I disconnected the faulty drive that had for some reason made hda unreachable. Everything is OK hardwarevise. My problem is that Linux during booot tries to connect the drive I disconnected (pulled the plug) and this generates an error.
I need to change the information about the disks on the system, but I don't know where this is stored nor do I know how to change it. The tools available are few and limited when Linux is not running. The fix is probably easy but beeing a newbie I don't know how to actually do it.
Ok, I see...
Well, if when you installed tue system you placed some of the filesystems in the second disk, then you'll not be able to repair it easily.
If you manage to boot with the emmergency disk, you have all your partitions in the config file /etc/fstab...
 
  


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