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Old 10-21-2006, 03:41 PM   #1
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cant boot kernel from install cd on sata-raid systen

Hello dearest friends,

After days of fruitless results I decided to turn to you. Perhaps any of you might know an answer. The problem is that any Linux install cd stall at my cdrom when the kernel is being booted.

I have a P4C800-E deluxe Asus mobo with ICH5R, with two 150G SATA-drives on a FastTrak378 controller, configured to run in RAID0 modus. On the system two Plextor ide/atapi cdroms are present.
I am trying to get the Slack 11 CD to boot in order to install. However, loading any kernel stall at
"hdc: attached ide-cdrom driver."

Other linux distro's also dont get passed this. Is there a way to surpass this misery? hdx=cdrom or hdx=noprobe yielded no success. Are there other options to get it booted nicely without problems?

After solving hardware issues now this occurred. So im quite fed up with. I did my best at trying to resolve it on my own, but if any of you can help, please!

Oh, and I dont want to install linux on a spare ide disk and then have to build a custom kernel. I want to install more distro's and doing such procedure for every one of them is a depressing thought.

Thanks in advance.

p.s. sorry for the typo made in the thread topic it was an exhausting day.

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Old 10-23-2006, 04:22 AM   #2
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Bizarre ...

While I heard of problems with SATA connected CD-Roms, most distros should have no problem to at least boot on IDE ones. I am absolutely not familiar with Slack. Have you tried Knoppix, it is a good indicator if your hardware is supported or not? Maybe you could try disabling DMA (pass as boot option). On some distros you have to press F2 or F3 to get more infos about avaible commands, but it would surprise me that it is a DMA issue, as your hardware seems recent (is a problem on old hardware).

Have you tried booting without SATA controller? Maybe it is making problems.
Old 10-23-2006, 06:56 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reaction.

I tried booting without the controller. Well, by fault that was. I didnt realize until short that the sata-cables were attached to the normal sata-connectors. That was before I started this post. So I hooked them to the controller and changed of course the BIOS settings. I thought that might solve the problem. It didnt.

I also tried Knoppix, yes. This night. Just running the standard kernel was also to become a problem once the cdrom was addressed. Knoppix suggested using the irqpoll option. "<kernel image> irqpoll" indeed booted the system.

Slackware also came up to the point of setup with using this kernel option on a 2.6 kernel image. Elivecd didnt boot. It garbled up the same ugly response of the kernel about the cdrom. Sth about "irq's" and that "nobody cared".

So more or less the system can be booted! I'll try some other things to get a raid-install finished. Like disabling the DMA. I ran into some other problems and I surmise this heroic quest still isnt over I let one know how its going.

If anyone has great ideas, feel free to share em with the rest of the world.

Last edited by tct1501; 10-23-2006 at 06:59 AM.
Old 10-28-2006, 09:14 AM   #4
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Hi. I'm having the same problem with my Asus board. I know that I have to install a raid driver for the chip set before it will boot from the sata drive. I have an existing dual boot set up on may drive that I'm trying to hook to a new mother board. The WinXP half required a re-install to load the drivers. I'm trying to figure out how to avoid that with the F5 half of the drive,but no luck yet

Old 11-02-2006, 04:46 PM   #5
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I might as well have been defeated by this issue. BUT, nil desperandum. Im way too stubborn and just want the thing to get working.

I thought I got further, but problems arose. see

however, with the problems adressed in the above thread, i went on searching and i found an answer... perhaps:

its about the promise 378 controller which the asus p4c800-e has built-in..

so Ill report once I made it work. or not.


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