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Old 10-25-2006, 04:27 PM   #1
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Why can't Fedora Core 6 find my DVD drive during install?


I am doing a fresh install of Fedora Core 6 to a new server and am having problems when it asks me what type of media I would like to install from.

From the beginning, I insert the dvd, boot the system up, and prompt it to start install in graphical mode. It prompts me for which language, keyboard type, and then for what type of media I would like to install from.

The following options are displayed:

Local CDROM
Hard Drive
NFS Image
FTP
HTTP

I choose Local CD ROM because that's where my DVD is. I am then given the message, "Unable to find any devices of the type needed for intallation of this type. Would you like to manually select a driver or use a driver disk?"

I am using an Intel DQ965gf board with two 320GB hard drives set up in mirror and a new Sony DVD R/W drive. The drives are set up in RAID. I don't know if that affects the DVD drive in any way that makes it invisible to the OS.

Additionally, I am using an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor.

I have never had issues with past releases of Fedora on other older style computers. This is the first state-of-the-art computer I have ever installed on. Any ideas or knowledge of compatibility, patches, drivers, etc. would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
Old 10-25-2006, 04:33 PM   #2
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On my Debian box I just built, the issue had something to do with the IDE controller converting the IDE DVD drive to a SATA DVD drive, which the stock kernel couldn't handle. I had to use linux libata.atapi_enabled=1 at the boot: prompt when installing.
 
Old 10-25-2006, 04:39 PM   #3
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Doesn't work.

I have to admit that I don't know exactly what that means, but it did not change anything when I used it. I still get the same error message.

Thanks.
 
Old 10-25-2006, 04:45 PM   #4
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Basically all that gibberish above was that most CD/DVD drives are still IDE (the flat ribbon cable with like 40 pins on the connector) and most newer hard drives are SATA (a much smaller four pin wire). Some chipsets translate all IDE stuff to make it appear as if it is SATA. Well, SATA CD-rom support is still a bit buggy in the kernel and doesn't always work. That command I gave you helped me fool the kernel so that I could install the system.

Anyway, as it didn't work for you, it doesn't really matter. From a quick google, it appears that people have had success installing OpenSuse 10.1 on that particular board.
 
Old 10-25-2006, 04:51 PM   #5
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I understand what you mean about the IDE drive acting like SATA. There still has to be a way. I am a big fan of Fedora, so I won't switch distributions.

Could I purchase an IDE PCI card and connect the DVD drive to that? Is there another simpler way? What are my options?

Last edited by Madone_SL_5.5; 10-25-2006 at 04:53 PM.
 
Old 10-25-2006, 05:07 PM   #6
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Is there an option to make your SATA drives act like IDE in the BIOS (I think it's call AHCI mode)? I stumbled across another possible boot: option, you can try using linux all-generic-ide

Can you use the FTP or HTTP option? I would say that's your best option if you have broadband (assuming it works like Debian's).
 
Old 10-25-2006, 05:23 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot! The "linux all-generic-ide" command seems to have worked perfectly. The install is going like a breeze.

Thanks again. By the way, where do you find all those commands?
 
Old 10-25-2006, 05:27 PM   #8
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Google.

Mostly what I did was google "fedora linux intel 965 sata". Some of the commands I had to dig a bit through email threads, etc. A couple pages I had to send through a translator.

google's an amazing tool if you're willing to sort through the crap for a possible answer.
 
  


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