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Old 07-09-2007, 08:40 AM   #1
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Unable to install RHEL 4.0 using SATA 2 hard disk

Dear all,

I purchased system with Asus mother board ( M2N8-VMX series) Nvidia MCP61P chipset, 320 GB SATA hard disk drive, AMD 3200 + processor.

First I installed the windows xp and i want dual booting. After installing the windows I try to install the RHEL 4.0. It displayed with an error message stating that "No hard disk found on your system". After this i searched alot in the google and found a command "linux all-generic-ide noapic nolapic" I used this command while in boot prompt. It did not asked me for any driver and the installation was successful. after it asked me for rebooting the system. Again i received an error message like:

Bkrootdev: label / not found
mount: erro 2 mounting ext3
mount: error 2 mounting none
switchroot: mount failed: 22
umount / initrd/dev failed:2
kernel panic - not syncing : Attempted to kill init!.

I searched a lot in the net. Kindly help me to install the same.

Thanks in advance.

A.K. Kannan
Old 07-09-2007, 11:20 AM   #2
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Which update version of RHEL4? I'd try the latest version (update 5) if at all possible...if you had to do that much of a workaround just to get the OS to see the onboard SATA, then chances are the version of RHEL4 you're trying to install with doesn't properly recognize the hardware.
Old 07-10-2008, 11:24 PM   #3
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Smile Asus M/b With Sis 671fx Chipset Unable To Detect Sata Hdd On Rhel 4

Good day!

Hope anyone can help my tech problem during my first installation of RHEL AS 4 update 2 on ASUS P5S-MX SE motherboard with SIS 671FX Chipset and 80GB Western Digital SATA HDD. During installation RHEL 4 can not found the SATA Drive. I tried to set the bios-SATA-on IDE mode to AHCI then to RAID after tried on each mode - on which on boot prompt I type the command "linux dd" (tried also "linux all-generic-ide noapic nolapic" boot command) then insert the floppy drive created from the CDROM Drivers with the M/B but still RHEL 4 can't detect the SATA drive after reading the inserted disk still there is an error "No found device drivers...."

Please help and hope you can give a step-by-step solution.

Your assistance is very much appreciated.

Thank you
Old 11-13-2008, 12:42 PM   #4
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Well friends ... I think the issue is resolved (RHEL 4 on SATA2).
Few days back I purchased AMD 4600+ (64 Bit Dual Core) With ASUS Main Board having 250GB SATA 2
HDD. When I tried to install RHEL 4, it was unable to locate the hard drive and gave an error.

Then I used command "linux all-generic-ide noapic nolapic"

and after this the installation went on very smoothly.

But after rebooting I got the following error.

mount: error 2 mounting ext3
mount: error 2 mounting none
switchroot: mount failed: 22
umount / initrd/dev failed:2
kernel panic - not syncing : Attempted to kill init!.

1> Use command "linux all-generic-ide noapic nolapic" for installation.

2> After completion of the installation reboot your system in "linux rescue" mode using linux bootable disk.

Use Command "linux all-generic-ide noapic nolapic rescue" to boot in rescue mode.

3> Then "edit grub.conf" file using command "vi /etc/grub.conf"

4> Then locate the line "kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.9-648.EL ro root=/dev/Volgroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quite"

Now we have to modify this line a bit which is as follows:-

"kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.9-648.EL ro root=/dev/Volgroup00/LogVol00 all-generic-ide noapic nolapic rhgb quite"

5> Reboot your system.

and thats it, it should work.

Please try this and let me know your feedback on

Last edited by shrinivasjoshi; 11-14-2008 at 07:39 AM.


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