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Old 08-29-2005, 09:04 AM   #1
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HDD not found during installation

Hi All,

I need some help for installin Suse 9.3 to my note book.

It an Acer Aspire 3500. During installation I keep getting "no hard disk found" message.
It has a Hitachi travelstar ATA-6 60 Gb hdd.
There was win in the beginning and i tried to make a dual boot. but it gave me the same error message. then i completely removed Xp and leave the disk totally unpartitioned. nothing has changed. then I installed the latest bios available from acer again no change.
I tried ACPI off and safe intallation settings, No

I insert "hda=cyl,head,sector" to the bootprompt. This time i did not get an error message maybe because it did not search for the hardware. but the capacity was 2 Gb. Installation started without being able to create proposed partition table. This time the message is "Unable to mount /swap to the hda1. Unless you are sure what you are doing abort the installation." I am stuck here

Any tricks fould be very helpful.


Old 08-29-2005, 11:17 AM   #2
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After updating the BIOS, did you try to enter the setup again and do a harddisk probing? It seems like a bios problem...
Try witht other install cd´s or floppies, and see if only suse does that.
It wasn´t supposed to. Suse has a nice installer.
Old 08-30-2005, 01:33 AM   #3
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I checked the bios settings after installind the new bios.
There seemed no problem with the hard disk.
I mean it was correctly detected.
It says second cd of Suse is also a bootalbe one. Do you think it would change a thing?
It is worth to give a try.

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If your hard drive will not boot, and it is a boot device according to the BIOS, then there is nothing on the MBR to start the boot process. Reinstall Linux and tell the installer to put Lilo or Grub on the MBR of the hard drive.
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The intallation never started infact.
The problem is not to boot from hard disk but to make it detectable by linux.
Linux installation never found a hard drive in my netebook.

Is it possible for the manufaturers to suplly a bios which only installs windows products?
Old 09-01-2005, 01:47 AM   #6
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Thank you for your support.

I should have checked with the SUSE support pages.
SUSE had annaounced that there was a hdd detection problem with the SIS chipset computers.

at the bootprompt solved the problem. intallation was like a smooth ride.


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