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  1. #1

    Installation Error with SATA drive

    Whenever I try to install Mandrake 10.1, I get the following error at the page after the license agreement, after it has detected my controller for the hard disk:
    "Error-no valid devices found on which to create new filesystems"
    or something along those lines. Now, I have heard that this is something to do with linux's poor support for SATA drives, but nowdays, you'd expect better. So I'm pretty stuck, as I cannot install it.
    Anyway, here are my specs:
    Dell Dimension 8400 desktop, BIOS revision A03
    Intel P4 3.0Ghz processor
    1 gig ram
    160gb disk, no idea further than that
    ATI X800 Pro.
    Et cetera et cetera.
    Any help in solving this problem would be appreciated.

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    Try hitting F1 and passing noapic or acpi=off at boot.
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  3. #3
    Now i'm getting:
    crc error
    Kernel panic: VFS unable to mount root fs on 01,03
    Which just makes my day.

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    kernel 2.6.11

    For a Dell 8400 I have installed mandrake 10.1 with bios drive settings at auroraid/ata, without any issue. Partitioning I did before with Partition Magic.

    Since I am more confident with suse 9.2, I then overwrote with suse 9.2, and continued to update with kernel 2.6.11, that allows booting from autoraid/ata and autoraid/ahci. The Dell 8400 is now dual boot windows/linux. My guess is that one do similarly with mandrake.

    My adventures can be traced at

    - I installed suse 9.2 with bios autoraid/(p)ata
    - I updated to kernel 2.6.11, with standard settings.
    # CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_AHCI is not set
    - and I could boot from auroraid/ahci and autoaid/(p)ata
    sothat I have now a dual boot windows / linux system

    I added module "subfs.ko" for dvd/cdrom support to kernel 2.6.11:
    installed submount-0.9.tar.gz from sourceforge

    And a bit of history:
    What you described is a well known issue with the Intel ICH6R AHCI controller. Kernel's before 2.6.9 do not support this controller well.
    With the appearance of kenrel 2.6.11 it appears that most issues are gone. Starting from March 2005 most linux flavours will be based on this kernel, so the issue should disappear.
    You can read through these posts, for an overview of the issues

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