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Old 06-09-2009, 05:00 AM   #1
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Instaltion problem no hard drive found while instaling redhat linux 9

i am installing redhat linux 9 it gives the problem no hard drives found .can anybody help me out how i should tackle with this problem
Old 06-09-2009, 05:03 AM   #2
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RH9 is so old that it has not received updates for ages. It is built on older kernel and if you have sata drive then you wont be able to install RH9. You will need something new.
CentOS 5 or Fedora 11 are good distributions and both are based on RH.
You can also try Ubuntu 9.04. Its latest in Ubuntu cycle and quite stable and if you just want a desktop, a perfect disto for you.
Old 06-09-2009, 05:14 AM   #3
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If you "need" to use such old distro, like in our company, here's howto:

Find old pc, install linux with it, with reasonable, small hdd.
find kernel source from, 2.4xx maby suitable. DO not use 2.5/2.6 - models because they might not work on old linuxes. I did Suse 7.3 and 2.4.37 on new HP ML/DL/360G5 and work fine. Make you kernel static, NO initrd, easier to use.

On you kernel, put your new pc hdd controller driver and old one to kernel, so you can test booting on both pc:s.

Ok, after install, cp newly compiled kernel to /boot, install bootloader to test it.

if you can boot normally, change hdd to new computer and boot. NOTE:see if your partition/device name changes on new hardware. Old can be /dev/hdaX, new /dev/sdaX. Change as needed to boot loader.

That's what i had to do, because we have an old progam which won't run on newer distroes anymore. I took a copy of old system, made new kernel and drivers and made it booting on a new hardware again. BIG mess but now happy end...



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