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Old 09-11-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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how to install RHEl 5 server on AMD64

My Desktop system config is 4200 AMD Athlon X2 processor 2.2 GHz Dual-core with 1GB RAM on Asus M2N-VM DVI mother board, Nvidia GeForce 7050PV/nForce 630A Chipset. with 250 GB SATA HDD.

I have tried to install RHEL AS4 on the system and it was not detecting my Hdd so I have got RHEl 5 server and tried to install it but again i got the same problem and it is not recognizing my Hard disk. it is asking for the disk drivers.

though the installation DVD is loading SATA_nv driver by itself but it is also of no use, as the installations step continues it is not detecting the hard disk.

I want to load Linux for practicing Oracle 11i application.

please help me in installation with complete steps coz I am a new user to Linux and knows only few basic commands.

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Old 09-11-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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I have had a similar problem before. I can offer 2 suggestions:

1. At the boot cd boot prompt, enter "linux expert" or "redhat expert". Sometimes this will force extra drivers to be loaded that can handle sata.

2. Check for settings in your BIOS that say something like "sata mode' or something like that (they should have 'ide emulation', 'ahci', and raid options). Try a combination of those and see if you can get it to work. Otherwise, you may be out of luck.
Old 09-12-2008, 07:07 AM   #3
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hello i have tried your suggestion but i m sorry to tell u it is also not working.

Can some one help in in this regard.

Thnk U
Old 11-14-2008, 05:09 AM   #4
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Well friends ... I think the issue is resolved (RHEL 4 on SATA2).
Few days back I purchased AMD 4600+ (64 Bit Dual Core) With ASUS Main Board having 250GB SATA 2
HDD. When I tried to install RHEL 4, it was unable to locate the hard drive and gave an error.

Then I used command "linux all-generic-ide noapic nolapic"

and after this the installation went on very smoothly.

But after rebooting I got the following error.

mount: error 2 mounting ext3
mount: error 2 mounting none
switchroot: mount failed: 22
umount / initrd/dev failed:2
kernel panic - not syncing : Attempted to kill init!.

1> Use command "linux all-generic-ide noapic nolapic" for installation.

2> After completion of the installation reboot your system in "linux rescue" mode using linux bootable disk.

For that give command "linux all-generic-ide noapic nolapic rescue" to boot in rescue mode.

3> Then "edit grub.conf" file using command "vi /etc/grub.conf"

4> Then locate the line "kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.9-648.EL ro root=/dev/Volgroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quite"

Now we have to modify this line a bit which is as follows:-

"kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.9-648.EL ro root=/dev/Volgroup00/LogVol00 all-generic-ide noapic nolapic rhgb quite"

5> Reboot your system.

and thats it, it should work.

Please try this and let me know your feedback on


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