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Old 02-08-2001, 12:58 PM   #1
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When I try to install red hat 7 and select workstation install it gives me this error message..."an error has occurred - no valid devices were found on which to create new file systems. Please check you hardware for the cause of this problem. I have a pent3 550, 128mg ram, with 2 hard drives. a 40g with win2k pro and win2k adv srv and a 20gig drive that is empty. would like to install to the empty drive. have tried to boot with the 40g as master and 20g as slave and even just with 20g as master. I dont know if this even makes any difference but have formatted the 20g with ntfs, fat32, and ext2 and nothing seems to work. I dont know crap about linux but would like to learn if i could install it. Can anybody help????
 
Old 02-08-2001, 01:27 PM   #2
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Angry Same problem

I have the same problem. I thought maybe that my hard-drive was somehow incompatible, so I tried three different ones, and NONE worked. They were a 10GB Quantum Fireball, a 40GB Maxtor, and a 10GB Western Digital. Then I thought, maybe there was a problem with my current partitioning. So I tried to install without any partitions on the hard-drive, then with a full partition, then with a partial partition. Nothing worked.
Yes, Linux might be a great, stable OS, but what's the point if you can't install it??
 
Old 02-08-2001, 02:34 PM   #3
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What happens when you try a custom install, instead of a workstation from the list?
 
Old 02-08-2001, 03:13 PM   #4
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Same thing happens

I tried custom install and the same error pops up.

But I did just find something out... I am using a Promise Ultra 100 HD controller, and I have heard that there are some compatability issues with Promise controllers, so I'm gonna try installing it with my HD connected right to my motherboard instead of going through the controller. I'll let you know if it works.
 
Old 02-09-2001, 09:53 AM   #5
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That did it

By removing my Promise controller card, I was able to get passed the error message. Now I've just gotta get past a couple other more minor problems with the installation. First I'd get almost all the way through the installation when I would get a signal 11 error. I believe I corrected that by removing the systems cache "stick" from the motherboard. Now that I've gotten through the entire installation, then when it restarts I get a "Missing OS" message. So now I've believe I have to change the LILO configuration. If anyone has anything that could help with this I'd definitly appreciate it. Thank you.
 
Old 02-12-2001, 06:24 PM   #6
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Installation see only my SCSI drive!

It seems that I may have similar problem you had.
Mine is like this: Linux installation sees only my
SCSI drive(sda) -- in fact my system has besides
the SCSI controller, an onboard IDE controller connected
with two CD frives, a SIIG Ultra ATA 100 PCI card with two
channels, each of them has a IDE drive connected as
master device. However, none of these IDE drives
are recognized. It boots from CD drive just fine.
After some trial. I gave up.
Is there any command at boot time I could use to force
it to probe the devices?
It seems likely that I have to put the Linux CDs GIGO
to garbage can. Or there is a solution?
And ironically, None of the Linux documents ever mentioned
such issues! -- "If your hard drive(s) are not recognized"
-- I laughed at myself at the first fail that I could be so
naive to try use an $10 piece 'open OS'! Ha!
 
Old 02-19-2001, 01:42 PM   #7
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Irony

Actually, the irony is in the fact that none of you bothered to check that your hardware was supported on Linux before spending all of your time and effort on it.

ATA100 controllers are not supported under the current distributions of Linux. You need the latest 2.4.x kernel, which is available at http://www.kernel.org but is not included yet in any of the distro's you can download or buy (i.e. Redhat, SUSE, etc.)
Read http://www.geocities.com/ender7007/ for a how-to with a work around.

Linux is not for everyone. If you are getting that frustrated with it, you should probably stick with Windows.
 
Old 02-19-2001, 10:44 PM   #8
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Redhat 7 installation problem with ATA100

Thanks for the advise.
I shall check out the info source to get help.
However, to tell the truth, Linux is the only OS I spent much
time to search for installation help, I never spent much time for or even bother to open a manual for Dos, Irix, AIX,
HP UX, Solaris, Windows, and OS/2. I thought -- assumed, Linux installation should be a breaze. It has been my assumption that all OSes are by nature, well adopted, easy to install, after all, thats the first thing to make itself useful. Well, I was wrong.
 
Old 02-20-2001, 03:40 PM   #9
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well...

Don't know if I should go here, but...

You can't compare Irix, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris or any of those with Linux because they were designed with SPECIFIC hardware in mind. You won't see any of those boxes running an off the shelf ATA100 drive either. Don't even get me started on the rest of those.

But it appears the problem you are having is not with the difficulty of the Linux installation, but that you are trying to use some really new variation of hardware (ATA100 controller), without using the latest and greatest parts of Linux (kernel 2.4.x). That hardly seems a fair assessment of Linux's capabilities or its ease of installation. If you go to the Geocities page I mentioned in my last post, I think you will find all the instructions you need to get your hardware up and cooking with Linux.

Just a suggestion. Good luck with whatever you decide.
 
  


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