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Old 01-15-2007, 06:10 AM   #1
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Install fails finding cdrom on ASUS P5B


I've tried to install SuSe 10.2 x86-64 on my Asus P5B motherboard. It is known, that kernel 2.6.18 supports ICH8 controller. But I receive error message "Can't mount cd-rom". I've tried both IDE and ACPI modes, but none of this ways scores.

Unfortunately, I don't have any machines with SATA to write installation on HDD.

It, could be possible a workaround to write distro on ide hdd and boot from it. But I don't know how to make clean hdd bootable. (Better under windows)

Please help me, i'm annoyed with windoze and want to back to linux as fast as possible!

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Old 01-15-2007, 07:52 AM   #3
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Thank you for your replay!

I've tried that one, but I think I do something wrong. Where is kernel parameters to be entered in SuSe setup? The setup does not provide grub shell where to type "linux <boot options>". I've entered in Type of Install menu, but i doesn't help.
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A little more googling brings me to perfect solution, as easy as all to be considered to be perfect

If you have a Core 2 Duo-capable motherboard and are getting an error message about the installer not being able to find the CD/DVD after you have already booted from it, the problem is likely with your IDE controller. In some modern motherboards, the parallel ATA controller has been taken out of the chipset and moved to a third-party drive controller. That third party is JMicron, and this problem most famously occurs in the Asus P5B motherboard, though other brands and models can be affected as well.

First, it will help to do a quick workaround in your BIOS. Press the Del, F1, or F2 key to get into your system BIOS just after powering it on. There should be a message somewhere on the screen that tells you which key to press; if you are not sure, press all three repeatedly and you're sure to get there. Somewhere in the BIOS setup you should see an option for the JMicron drive controller ("Onboard Devices" in the P5B BIOS menu). Set it to AHCI mode, then save and exit the BIOS setup utility.

Boot from the openSUSE 10.2 CD 1 or DVD. You'll still get the same message, but now you're better enabled to work around it. Press Enter to get past the error message, then choose your language in the following screen. That will bring you to the main menu. Use the down arrow key to select the Kernel Modules option and press Enter. In the next screen press Enter again to select the default option for IDE/RAID/SCSI Modules. In the long list that follows, find both the JMicron and the Generic IDE drivers, select them, press Enter, then press Enter again when you're asked for special options to pass to them. You will have to do this twice -- one time for each driver. When you return to the kernel module screen, use the Tab or arrow keys to select Back, and press Enter. That should put you back into the Main Menu. Now select the option for Start Installation or System and press Enter, then select Start Installation or Update and press Enter, and lastly select the CD-ROM as the source and press Enter. The normal graphical installation procedure will commence.

If the above does not work, write down installation source mirror addresses from the link in the installation source section below and use them to install openSUSE over FTP. The only difference in the procedure will be to change the above instructions to select FTP instead of CD-ROM as the source.
taken here

Now I got things rolling =)


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