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Author Topic: Installer cannot find HDD  (Read 1267 times)
speaker
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« on: November 14, 2009, 05:28:12 am »

Hi,

I have an Asus V2-M3N8200 desktop machine. It has an Nvidia GeForce 8200 chipset, an AMD Phenome CPU, 1 GB DDR-II RAM, a Western Digital 160 GB SATA hard disk and a Samsung SATA DVD-RW unit. My problem is that when I try to install Vector Linux 5.9 from a CD, the installer aborts with an error message saying that no hard disk was found. I have previously used this CD to install VL on other machines w/o problems.

The HDD appears to be OK, I was able to access it and create a primary partition using 'fdisk' (from a WinME startup CD). I tried to set "Enhanced mode SATA only" in the BIOS (as suggested by the Installation Guide), but the machine's BIOS (American Megatrends, v2.61) does not have such an option (only SATA, RAID and AHCI modes are offered under 'Storage config -> SATA controller').

I would appreciate getting some help. Thanks!

Speaker
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toothandnail
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2009, 09:35:35 am »

I'm not sure how much help this will be, but....

VL 5.9 is getting to the end of support. I would suggest as a first option, try VL 6.0. I think you will find its hardware support a good deal better, especially for newer machines.

paul.
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GrannyGeek
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2009, 04:42:36 pm »

Some versions of VL before 6 had problems detecting SATA disks at installation. I don't know if 5.9 was one of them.

VL6 is a big step forward. Why not give it a try?
--GrannyGeek
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2009, 02:47:06 am »

Hi,

Thanks for the advice. You were right, version 6.0 works (detects my SATA drive w/o problem).

BTW, it would be nice to have a somewhat faster download mirror. I searched for mirrors but the 'official' site appears to be the only place where you can get the VL distro. It took me nearly 50 minutes to get the 6.0 ISO. My DL speed was limited to about 240 KB/s (on the server side) which is pretty slow by today's standards.

Speaker
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