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Old 12-11-2008, 12:38 PM   #1
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SUSE Enterprise 10.0 install on SATA HDD/CD Drives problems


Hello,

First and foremost, let me say, I've never before touched a Linux system and am completely lost when it comes to commands and such.

I've been tasked with installing SUSE Enterprise 10.0 from CD on 2 DELL Percision T3400 desktops that will act as servers. I did my research on a basic install for SUSE and was prepared to that extent. However I quickly discovered a problem that the kernel on the installation CD will not detect my SATA CD or HDD. The current kernel that loads is 2.6.16. From googling I've found this to be a common issue and that SATA support was not added until 2.6.19.

To work around I bought a USB CD drive and the install booted fine until it tried to detect the HDD, which failed. The drives work properly with windows xp (pre-installed).

I've attempted to use the ide=generic and various other boot options. I was wondering if perhaps I can copy the 1st disk of the set and replace the kernel and then reburn it, so that this way the boot starts with a kernel that supports SATA. I'm not sure if this is possible, since i'm thinking in the realm of Windows.

I've come across sites talking about bootloaders and patching kernels, but alas, I have no understanding of Linux commands. I would consider myself an advanced user with Windows, but in Linux i'm a newbie.

Any help would be appreciated.

J.D.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 01:46 PM   #2
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There are 2 possible solutions:

1). You can use a driver disk, loaded with libata, from a later kernel. There is a boot option in SuSE to load drivers from a second CD, or a floppy. I'm sorry I can't explain exactly how to do this, because it would require more space than I have in a single forum reply. There may be a bios option, in the bios setup program, when you first turn on the machine (F2, F1, DEL, or some such key), that allows the hard drive controller to be put into compatible mode.

The problem probably isn't the kernel. It's probably Dell. People who are really lost when it comes to commands, and such, do not have much hope of installing linux as a server operating system.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 02:30 PM   #3
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I say, the easiest solution is to go into the BIOS options and put the SATA controller in AHCI mode. This way any SATA HDD or CD/DVD-ROM should be supported as long as it supports AHCI. It's sometimes called RAID/AHCI. Since these are gonna be servers, later you might wanna put some drives in a RAID, so it doesn't hurt to change it now in preparation for that anyway.

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Old 12-11-2008, 02:54 PM   #4
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thank you for the responses

currently the Dell's BIOS is set to RAID/ AHCI, which failed to recongnize. i've also tried RAID/ATA with no luck either.

thanks
 
Old 12-11-2008, 03:19 PM   #5
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None of the other modes work either ?

One other thing to try is pass the kernel option "hda=noprobe" to the kernel on booting.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 03:56 PM   #6
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when linux scans for the drives, it still says that it cannot be found.

I also tried booting from another linux box using NFS, but when it went to the kernel, it could not find my network card. I have a Broadcom 5700, so i tried loading the associated module for that one too with the listed parameters to no avail.

**related news, i was able to install on another computer with a SATA HDD. However the BIOS on that computer, which was not a DELL, did have an option to emulate ATA. - Could I just take that HDD and place it in the DELL to boot or would the DELL BIOS not be able to see the SUSE installation on the SATA drive?

is it possible to download CD1 to the hard drive and update the kernel and then reburn?

I'm still open to any suggestions.

thank you!

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