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Old 10-24-2005, 02:02 PM   #1
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Installation on ACER laptop


I am trying to install Linux on a ACER TRAVELMATE 2310.
I have tried SUSE 9.3 and Fedora Core 3 and I have problems related to HDD detection.

Fedora gives me asserts regarding the cylinder and header numbers. I can choose ignore - I have to do it many times - and the installation goes on.

SUSE doesn't see any HDD at all, so I can not set partitions. If I give "hda=xxxxx,16,63" parameter to the kernel, ( I took xxxxx number using information from fedora /proc/ide0... ) the installer sees my hdd as having 8GB instead of 40GB. I did not try to install with settings.

Did anybody had similar problems? Or should it be a hardware issue?

Old 10-25-2005, 05:41 PM   #2
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You could check/alter the BIOS settings. Or try a live CD to get access to a full linux system to investigate further. Otherwise I have no idea.
Old 10-28-2005, 12:43 AM   #3
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In BIOS is nothing that looks usefull to me.

I have tried with SUSE 9.2 live cd and it saw the HDD correctly. I have copied the HCS values as they were set there and give them as parameter to the kernel in SUSE9.3 at installation, but no good results.

Meanwhile I tried SUSE10 and it detected the HDD correctly. Unfortunately the downloaded dvd image was corrupted and I could not complete the install precedure. I will try again after a new image will be downloaded.



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