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Old 01-26-2008, 04:37 AM   #1
jerryau
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Question No valid devices were found


Hi,
I'm trying to install Fedora 8 on a Compaq Evo P4 1.8GHz system, but when I get to the partitioning of the HDD I get the following error:
"An error has occured - no valid devices were found on which to create new file systems".
I have checked the BIOS, and the HDD is found, and there seems to be no problems with it. But the linux installation doesn't see the HDD.
I'm new to Linux, so I'm not sure what to do now. Any help would be greatly appriciated. I have googled this error, but I only found a suggestion to write somewhere 'acpi=off'. Should this work? I have entered this at boot time, by pressing TAB during the boot menu, and entering 'acpi=off' after the stuff that was there already written. But it didn't work.

Thanks,
Jerry
 
Old 01-26-2008, 05:05 AM   #2
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hp recommend novel/sled distro's
as i found out, its harder to get another to run correctly without a lot of effort...

acpi is the power saving features of your bios, which you should be able to "disable" in bios....
 
Old 01-26-2008, 06:10 PM   #3
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I have tried to install Red Hat 7.3, and it installed and works fine. I thought that Fedora is almost the same as Red Hat. Or is there some major change from the older version of Kernel, that the newer one can't find my HDD? If so, is there anything I can do, to make my Fedora 8 use the "older HDD drivers" or something like that?
BTW, the PC is a Compaq Evo D510 SFF. There's nothing I can find on the compaq website about installing linux on this machine.

Thanks,
Jerry
 
Old 01-27-2008, 04:27 AM   #4
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between RH7.3 and F8, F8 should have better support, but trying to remember the changes since then is, well turning back time for me...
is it only redhat based os's you have tried?
I find that some pc's require a bit of trial and error to find the one that works best, but then i like to try all sorts of distro's and especially on friends pc's...
I usually install whatever distro i lay my hands on, onto my own pc's just to make them work..
 
  


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