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Old 03-01-2006, 07:35 AM   #1
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SATA --linux installations fail....?????????/


Hey guys i tried installing red hat 7.3, 9.0 and fedora core 4 in sata drive

all of them failed.I have a asus motherboard which has a via chipset sata controller whose driver namely VIA VT8251 SATA driver.

When i asked asus about it they sai the driver is not currently available so linux cannot be installed.

Please give me a solution for this and i cannot spend money on buying another hard disk of IDE type or PATA(suggested by asus).

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I also tried mandrake 9.0 ,10.1,XANDROS,Suse 10.0 none got installed or even the installer din't start.
 
Old 03-01-2006, 08:00 AM   #2
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Throw a Knoppix disk at it - I'd be mighty surprised if (recent) 2.6 kernels can't find it.

I saw a comment in the last week or two that FC4 *installer* can't handle S-ATA. Will run from S-ATA (e.g. if you copy it over after install), just not install.
Do a search to find the thread.

Can't speak to the other (2.6) distros. I've never had any issues with Asus boards, although I don't have the "latest and greatest".
 
Old 03-01-2006, 08:49 AM   #3
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you could try Fedora core 5, comes out soonish, no-doubt it'll fix the problem of installing FC to SATA

http://fedora.redhat.com/About/schedule/ - says 15th March
 
Old 03-01-2006, 09:54 AM   #4
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What mobo and HD do you have? I have an Asus MB and I've been using SATA for a long time now and never had a problem with ANY distro ...
 
Old 03-01-2006, 11:06 AM   #5
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I've found that any flavor of RedHat before ES 4 will not install onto SATA - you must use RHES4. I use CentOS - free version of RedHat and it works great - centos.org

enjoy!
 
Old 03-01-2006, 12:24 PM   #6
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Hey mr. bioalchemist i have an asus a8v-mx mb and a via raid chipset for sata controller.Tell me more info abt. how to install in it the Red hat 9 or whatever distro might get installed in it.
 
Old 03-01-2006, 07:43 PM   #7
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Just had a look at that board - mmmm, maybe ASUS support were right after all.
Seems you'll need a *very* recent kernel for native support - looks like it made the 2.6.15-RC6 ship by the changelog.

I can't imagine any liveCD being that current.

If you can change the BIOS to "legacy" mode (so it looks like /dev/hda rather than /dev/sda) it might work until you can get a current kernel installed.
 
Old 03-01-2006, 07:57 PM   #8
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not sure that i can help but here goes. I have a P5P800 mobo with a Samsung SATA HD. Now, I don't have RAID set up, so I can't help you there. Are you trying to do raid? I do also have another computer with a PCI SATA controller in it that does just fine with mandriva. Never tried RH 9, but Fedora Core 4, Slackware, Mandriva, Debian, Gentoo, Xandros, Ubuntu, Kubuntu all work fine.
 
Old 03-02-2006, 09:53 AM   #9
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Hey guys giv me sum useful information..........
please...............
 
Old 03-03-2006, 07:55 AM   #10
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SATA and CD-ROM probs..............

Hey i'm a newbie 2 linx.Recently i tried suse 10.0 dvd.
it has 2.6.13-15 kernel.I loaded the via_sata driver it asked me parameters i left it blank and pressed enter.

Actually it went 2 manual installation as it is not able to find my cd-rom,combo drive and sata drive.I use combo drive from sony.My board is asus a8v-mx via north and south bridge chipsets i.e. via sata raid controllers and ide controllers.the via ide drivers have already been loaded.

Please help me in this issue in starting from a to z in easily understandable steps.

It would be better if u also tell me as i'm in india r there any linx tech u know here in india(chennai city). And sen in the reply to :


flamel2000@yahoo.com
 
Old 04-13-2006, 04:29 AM   #11
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The problem is that even when I downloaded the kernel source for kernel 2.6.16 I discovered that via VT8251 support was not included in the kernel from www.kernel.org. I managed to solve the problem finally and the way I solved this problem is described on my webpage at http://www.geocities.com/rajahuroman/
 
Old 04-13-2006, 07:33 AM   #12
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What happens when you try installing Fedora Core 4? I had problems installing it on SATA drives before, at the prompt where you hit enter to install, it'd give me a kernel panic, but that problem can easily be solved... I just need to know if it's the same issue
 
Old 04-14-2006, 04:25 PM   #13
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I don't think it's the same issue. Fedora Core 4 wouldn't give a kernel panic. It simply wouldn't recognize the harddisk, because there is no support for this chipset in the installation kernel.
 
  


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