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Old 10-13-2006, 03:56 AM   #1
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Question Linux Fails to Detect VT8251 SATA

I have this hardware configuration(only the needed part):
ASUS A8V-MX Motherboard
Via vt8251 Chipset
Samsung SATA HDD
BIOS updated to latest 503 version.
I tried to install Mandriva,FC3,FC5,OpenSuse 10.1 the results are as follows:
does not detect my DVD writer.
So lets' stop here.

FC3 & FC5:
Does not detect the hard drive. instead loads a USB Mass Storage Device driver. Tries to use it and fails(definitely).

OpenSuse 10.1:
Same as FC3 and FC5.

What I did so far:
I found a link where the author was providing a set of files for a driver disk which he compiled on a FC5. I followed the steps provided and made the floppy.
Then I booted Fedora(1st 5 then 3) with linux loads the driver from the disk.
Then just as before I am asked to choose a driver for my HDD.
When I go to the driver list, I can see the names of the two drivers that were there in the floppy. They are
VT8251-AHCI driver and sata_via driver.
But when I select them and try to load them, they are not loaded. Instead the only loaded driver for this device is shown is that USB Mass Storage Device Driver.
However, if i select any of the other available drivers(whatever it may be),it gets loaded and is shown in the loaded drivers list(doesn't work ofcourse).
This is the link I used to download the files for the driver disk:
(I changed the url as its not allowing me to post the url
NOW I am Stuck here.
Can anyone suggest something. It would be really helpful.
Old 10-13-2006, 04:39 AM   #2
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Up until very recently none of the destros were ready for sata. The "standard" install puts basic drivers onto the boot drive (dvd) and leaves the advanced ones for the later disks. That worked ok when everybody could run on good ole ide. Now the situation has changed, you go to install to a sata drive and the drivers it needs are on later disks (but the basic installer does not know about them). The standard way of getting around this is to temporarily install to a pata(good old ide) drive. This install sees the advanced drivers after that first boot and installs them. You then copy everything over to the sata drive (over simplification) and remove the pata drive.

FC6 is supposed to be out on the 17th (I think) and it is supposed to be capable of a direct sata install. I assume that as all the destros introduce their new version they will have this capability too.

Good Luck
Old 10-13-2006, 07:46 AM   #3
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Thanks for you reply... so I need to wait till the next release.
however, FC5 disk did have sata_via driver. But it doesn't work. When I load it manually, it asks for the parameters... i don't give any and that's fruit!

Anyway, thanks for responding. Ankur
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FC6 will be released October 17. It uses the 2.6.18 kernel, which supports your SATA controller.
Old 10-20-2006, 08:13 PM   #5
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Yes I am having the same trouble with SATA hard drives and linux liveCds will load the sata drivers (at least they show on the boot screen) and then trying to install I am not able to see or otherwise access the sata drive. I tried doing this with Gentoo install from the livecd/installer and had the same occurences.
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Question will mandrake 10.1 or any other version supports sata hardisk

i wish buy a system with
amd 64 processor and asus driver ,with sata 80 gb hdd ,
dvd writer will linux mandrake 10.1 will support this config
or i ve to go for other version or change configuration


asus, linux, sata

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