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Old 12-17-2009, 10:12 AM   #1
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Question Fedora 9 not reconizing SATA hard drive

Hi there.

I am installing Fedora 9 to a pc (spec at the bottom) and have had a lot of trouble with it recognising the hard drive. To get the fedora installer to recognize it in the first place I had to pass "ata_generic.all_generic_ide=1 pci=nomsi" to the kernel, after which it installed ok.

However, now when I boot the installed OS, I get a "could not find filesystem '/dev/root'" error. I tried passing the same arguments to the kernel at boot as I did when installing but to no avail.

I have tried using the default LVM layout and defining manual ones but it made no difference. There is no option in the BIOS to enable AHCI or anything like that, infact the BIOS is very limited in most respects. I can get into the system by using the installation cd in rescue mode (with those extra kernal parameters) but I'm not sure what to do once in there...

Unfortunately using a more recent version of Fedora or even another Linux distribution altogether isn't an option becuase of outside constraints - which is annoying since I know for a fact Ubuntu works on this setup fine.

Not been using Linux that long, so treat me like an idiot - I am one. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

System spec:
Intel Atom Z530 CPU @ 1.6 GHz
Intel US15W chipset
160GB SATA harddisk (Samsung HM16HI)
1000Mb/s Ethernet port
Phoenix BIOS
Old 12-18-2009, 09:43 AM   #2
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what is on the hdd now? Fedora has a history that isn't overly friendly with SATA so you might have a conflict from a previous installation. What I've done when I can't get something to install/recognize a drive is nuke the disk I'm installing to and start over. Sometimes a fresh install is all it takes.
Old 12-18-2009, 11:07 AM   #3
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Hi sader, I formatted the hard drive at the start of each install attempt and it made no difference, theres never been any other OS's installed on it.

At the moment I've patched the kernel (which took me most of the day and really hurt my head) and it boots now. I get quite a few other errors during the initialisation script, probably becuase I enabled too many modules when redoing the kernel. I enabled anything that looked like it was to do with SATA and got a bit overzealous but, as I say, it at least boots now.

For anybody as clueless as me, I followed this guide and it got me through with a bit of fiddling ->


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