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Old 06-09-2005, 03:08 AM   #1
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Silly sata problem

I just bought a new large 250G HD and a PCI card(see lspci below) to control it for my mythtv box.

I'm using FC2 with the kernel 2.6.10-1.771_FC2

It seems like linux sees the hard drive but I can't format it when I do a
$fdisk /dev/sda

I get a

Unable to open /dev/sda

The dmesg output makes me think that the new hard disk is on /dev/sda. Is this totally wrong? What should I look at to see where it is located?

Should I just upgrade the kernel and try again?


lspci output
RAID bus controller: Silicon Image, Inc. (formerly CMD Technology Inc) Silicon Image Serial ATARaid Controller [ CMD/Sil 3112/3112A ] (rev 02)

relative dmesg output
SCSI subsystem initialized
libata version 1.10 loaded.
sata_sil version 0.8
ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNK3] enabled at IRQ 11
ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:01:0a.0[A] -> GSI 11 (level, low) -> IRQ 11
ata1: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE0B0A080 ctl 0xE0B0A08A bmdma 0xE0B0A000 irq 11
ata2: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE0B0A0C0 ctl 0xE0B0A0CA bmdma 0xE0B0A008 irq 11
ata1: no device found (phy stat 00000000)
scsi0 : sata_sil
ata2: dev 0 cfg 49:2f00 82:346b 83:7f61 84:4003 85:3469 86:3e41 87:4003 88:207f
ata2: dev 0 ATA, max UDMA/133, 488397168 sectors: lba48
ata2: dev 0 configured for UDMA/100
scsi1 : sata_sil
Vendor: ATA Model: WDC WD2500JD-55H Rev: 08.0
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 05
SCSI device sda: 488397168 512-byte hdwr sectors (250059 MB)
SCSI device sda: drive cache: write back
SCSI device sda: 488397168 512-byte hdwr sectors (250059 MB)
SCSI device sda: drive cache: write back
sda: unknown partition table
Attached scsi disk sda at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
Attached scsi generic sg0 at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0, type 0
Synchronizing SCSI cache for disk sda:
Old 06-09-2005, 03:25 AM   #2
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Check if's not mounted:

umount /dev/sda1
fdisk /dev/sda

Old 06-09-2005, 08:42 PM   #3
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I've tried that and it didn't work. Thanks though.



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