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Old 06-06-2004, 09:58 PM   #1
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kernel 2.4.20 no SATA drive recognition

Have Dell GX270 with 120Gb SATA drive.
Trying to install Redhat9 with kernel version 2.4.20.
Error message: "no valid devices were found on which
to create new file systems" - in other words it can't see the SATA hard drive.
Then read that Kernel 2.4.20 has no support for SATA drives and that I need to upgrade kernel. Looking at kernel 2.6.0 source.

Problem is that I don't have a Linux system on which to build the new kernel and I don't have an IDE drive to pre-install Redhat9 on to then build the kernel.

Is there a way to just replace the source kernel 2.6.0 and use the rest of the files off the distribution CD and burn another CD?

Any other suggestions?
Old 06-07-2004, 03:05 AM   #2
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you probably need a newer kernel for SATA support.
Old 06-08-2004, 11:45 PM   #3
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i know i need newer kernel with SATA support - but my problems is that I have the Dell machine with XP only and RedHat 9 on CD. How can I patch or build a new kernel without linux installed?
Is it possible to grab a pre-built distribution of a kernel and pull all files of the CD and replace the kernel and then burn a new CD?
Old 06-14-2004, 09:10 PM   #4
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Yes, you can do this, but honestly, I'm not sure its worth the headache (I had to go through the same thing).

The problem is, its not only the kernel you install, but when you boot from the CD, the CD has a kernel it works from. So (if my memories of Red Hat serve me correctly) you not only have to put the RPM of the kernel in the correct directory (and on the correct CD), you have to change the boot CD's kernel and....yea, its a pain in the arse.

While this seems like a cop out (perhaps because it is, but then again, you have to pick your battles ), I would say either download the newest Fedora (Red Hat, essentially) iso, or another Distro's newest iso, like Mandrake's , or just buy a CD pack if your connection isn't fast enough (I would suggest Edmund's Enterprises ) for $10 or so (with shipping). Its a hell of a lot easier, and it'll save you some headache
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Linspire Won't Install on SATA hardrive

I have the latest full version of Linspire (4.5) and that won't recognise my SATA hardrive. Could someone please tell me how I can fix this problem, no matter how that is?


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