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Old 06-23-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
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Slackware Install 12.2 Dell Mini 12


So has anyone had any luck installing on a Dell Mini 12 netbook yet?

I can't get it to see the hard drive when I boot from the CD and try to partition it with either cfdisk (says no disks found) or with fdisk I have tried fdisk -l and it lists nothing. Trying fdisk /dev/sda yields no results either.


I know some people have gotten it installed on the Dell Mini 9 ok but I am pretty sure that is either a sata drive or ssd.

Any help would be great.
 
Old 06-23-2009, 07:38 PM   #2
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ and Slackware!

Which kernel are you attempting to boot with?

Which drive do you have on the mini?
 
Old 06-24-2009, 03:12 AM   #3
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Are there any options in the BIOS that will let you change the SATA controller mode ? Try changing it to AHCI or PATA/IDE if you can.
 
Old 06-24-2009, 03:20 AM   #4
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So has anyone had any luck installing on a Dell Mini 12 netbook yet?

I can't get it to see the hard drive when I boot from the CD and try to partition it with either cfdisk (says no disks found) or with fdisk I have tried fdisk -l and it lists nothing. Trying fdisk /dev/sda yields no results either.


I know some people have gotten it installed on the Dell Mini 9 ok but I am pretty sure that is either a sata drive or ssd.

Any help would be great.
Try the probe command. You could also run setup and see if it detects the drive.
 
Old 06-24-2009, 05:55 PM   #5
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The drive is the 80 gig pata drive. The hard drive is a samsung hs082hb-pm

I checked the bios and there are not options for changing the controller mode. I just updated to the bios to A04 and looked that did not add the option either.

The kernel is 2.6.27.7
 
Old 06-24-2009, 06:32 PM   #6
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I also tried booting with all three different kernels

huge.s
hugesmp.s
speakup.s
 
Old 06-24-2009, 09:31 PM   #7
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try doing http install and see if it loads more drivers then back out and see if you can then run fdisk. if not try a live distro that loads and initrd.img for drivers like Ubuntu Linux version 8.04.1 that is the distro that can come preloaded with it.
do not forget in slackware the ide pata drive is hda not sda

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Old 06-28-2009, 06:48 AM   #8
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I had a similar problem with a toshiba netbook with slack 12.1.
Try booting with:
Code:
hugesmp.s acpi=off
I later found a couple of other options that made it work, but I've left my 'book of spells' at work.

Let us know if the above works and i'll post them tomorrow.
 
Old 06-28-2009, 07:36 AM   #9
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Hmm, if so then other possible "magic" includes:
noapic
noioapic
nolapic
nomsi
hda=noprobe
 
Old 06-29-2009, 09:45 AM   #10
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Thanks guys I will give those a shot at let you know.

As for the HTML install I am guessing I need to download a disk image other than the iso dvd image.

I tried getting setup to find the drive but that didn't work.

I will try the attributes at boot tonight.
 
Old 07-08-2009, 04:58 PM   #11
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Thanks guys I will give those a shot at let you know.

As for the HTML install I am guessing I need to download a disk image other than the iso dvd image.

I tried getting setup to find the drive but that didn't work.

I will try the attributes at boot tonight.

Yeah none of those seemed work
 
Old 08-30-2009, 11:21 AM   #12
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Ok, exact same issue on the new Acer Aspire 11.1. Disk is IDE HDD: Toshiba KM1655GSX-(PM)
See this thread where I was pointed here. Maybe start with the armedslack distro?
Maybe I should try to install to the sd flash card ;-]

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...=1#post3662865
 
Old 10-09-2009, 03:49 AM   #13
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Slackware 13.0 on a Dell mini 10

If you are trying to install slackware on your Dell mini laptop and after you boot with the install disk you can't see your hard drive you may need to load the pata_sch module. (This worked for me.)

# mkdir /mnt/cdrom
# mount /dev/sr0 /mnt/cdrom

# installpkg /mnt/cdrom/slackware/a/kernel-modules-smp-2.6.29.6_smp-i686-2.txz

# modprobe pata_sch

# fdisk -l

You should see your hard drive now.

Partition your drive and then type "setup" to start the install as normal.
 
Old 10-22-2009, 06:29 PM   #14
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Acer update - disk details from a fedora install

I can get ubuntu, CentOS, and Fedora to see the device as /dev/sda. One thing I have found on the Acer 11.6 is that you cannot delete the first partition on the disk, or you have just made a brick ;-[ Leave the first 100+ MB partition alone, and you can do multiple installs of various os flavors. Slack is the only one I have issues with [darn it!]

Here is what dmesg shows for the disk after install:

Code:
ata1.00: ATA-8: Hitachi HTS543225L9A300, FBEOC40C, max UDMA/133
ata1.00: 488397168 sectors, multi 16: LBA48
ata1.00: configured for UDMA/100
scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      Hitachi HTS54322 FBEO PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 488397168 512-byte hardware sectors: (250 GB/232 GiB)
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 488397168 512-byte hardware sectors: (250 GB/232 GiB)
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
 sda: sda1 sda2 sda3
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI disk
Any Slack peeps see what might be the issue? I will check the bios again to see if I can change the mode, but it is an atom processor after all ;-]
 
Old 10-27-2009, 04:55 PM   #15
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If you are trying to install slackware on your Dell mini laptop and after you boot with the install disk you can't see your hard drive you may need to load the pata_sch module. (This worked for me.)

# mkdir /mnt/cdrom
# mount /dev/sr0 /mnt/cdrom

# installpkg /mnt/cdrom/slackware/a/kernel-modules-smp-2.6.29.6_smp-i686-2.txz

# modprobe pata_sch

# fdisk -l

You should see your hard drive now.

Partition your drive and then type "setup" to start the install as normal.
Dit works for my. Thanks.

Asus Eee-1101AH

Edit: Slackware 13.0

greats,

Theo

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