No hard drive detected during install?
Hello. Iím no stranger to Linux; however, Iím having some problems I need some help with.
Iím attempting to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux (any distro) on another machine. The machine has an ASUS board, 2 SATA 300 GB hard disks, a 270 GB IDE hard disk, and a DVD-ROM/RW.
Ok, so Iíve done everything I normally would do with every other machine I have done this on. Inserted the Linux boot media into the CD drive, set the BIOS up to boot from CD and thatís it right?
Hereís the problem. The boot media works fine and starts the install. Then at some point, states that it canít find the boot media from the CD-ROM. I canít figure this one out. I plugged in a USB external CD-ROM drive and Ė eureka, now the boot media not only starts the install but runs successfully as well. Interestingly enough, if I load the Linux boot media into internal CD-Drive, I can start the install, switch the media to the external drive and have no problems in this regard. This must be a driver issue, right?
Ok, now on to the next problem, even though I donít understand the first one. When the partitioning step comes along, the install will error out, saying ďno hard disk to install toĒ, or ďno hard disks are foundĒ.
The BIOS detects all drives in my system, even the IDE hard drive. The two SATA disks are formatted for NTFS, while the IDE disk is blank with no partitions defined Ė this is the intended drive for my Linux installation. I understand that the boot loader will be on the Windows 7 driveÖno problem, but I canít get the installation to detect any drive other than the USB external CD-ROM drive and a USB card reader. I have installed every third party IDE or SATA driver during the install that I can think of, no joy.
At first I was swearing at Microsoft like you wouldnít believe, but after re-thinking the situation, this problem is operating system independent, I think. Anyone got any ideas? Iíve tried SUSE, Mandriva, and Slackware Ė all with the same results. I must be having a hardware issue, something with the BIOS maybe, I donít know, although it seems to be working 5 by 5. I have never tried to dual boot Windows 7 Ė am I missing something here? Did Microsoft manage to make dual booting even harder?