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Author Topic: Toshiba 2100CDS Vector Std. 5.9 not seeing HDD.  (Read 1378 times)
Cliffystones
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« on: April 06, 2008, 10:51:00 am »

Hello Gods of Vector Linux!

I've been trying to install 5.9 standard on 2 different old laptops.  The first, IBM Thinkpad 390 works great!  Just no sound, but I've read that the card doesn't like much except M$.

Now I'm trying the exact same 4Gb Toshiba HDD in the Satellite 2100CDS.  CD-Rom boots, I hit enter, and I'm greeted with the following....

Excuse me, I cannot find any hard disk for installation.
Maybe you are using a new technology my author didn't have.
Sorry, but I'm outta here.

Now, before I posted, I tried the following.... 

I changed the bios from IDE enhanced to Ide normal,  I added the line "linux ide=nodma" to the boot prompt with both bios settings.  Then I installed bios updates from Toshiba (kudos for straightforward update process btw) and repeated all of the different boot settings.  The result was the same.  Now, the Toshiba web site doesn't specify the chipset of the IDE controller so I don't have that info.  Bus as I stated earlier, this drive is identical to one I've already used on the IBM.  If I can just get past this "hump" I believe I might have another usable laptop!  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Cliff
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bigpaws
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2008, 11:04:21 am »

Older hardware may not be able to read CD's that were burned above
4x. Give that a shot.

Bigpaws
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uelsk8s
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2008, 02:12:40 pm »

the HD controller chipset is probably not supported in the 5.9 kernel.
If you are using the same HD from the other system you shouldnt need to use the cdrom.
after you install on the HD in the laptop that works install the kernel and modules from here: http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-5.9/kernels/kernel-2.6.22.19-i586-2vl59.tlz
http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-5.9/kernels/kernel-modules-2.6.22.19-i586-2vl59.tlz
then move the HD to the other laptop and it should boot.
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Cliffystones
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2008, 04:14:28 pm »

Uelsk8s,

I'm confused.  Are the kernel and modules in your link different than the one on the Vector 5.9 standard disk?   Do you think I should just try to install 5.8, or is the kernel the same as 5.9?

Thanks,
Cliff
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uelsk8s
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2008, 04:37:04 pm »

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Are the kernel and modules in your link different than the one on the Vector 5.9 standard disk?
yes, 5.9 standard has the 2.6.22.14 kernel and it does not have support for all HD controllers.

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Do you think I should just try to install 5.8, or is the kernel the same as 5.9?
5.8 should work on your laptop. it just depends on if you want 5.9 or not.
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wph
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2008, 05:07:30 am »

This sounds just like what I had to deal with in

http://www.vectorlinux.com/forum2/index.php?topic=5660.msg38637#msg38637

I had to recompile the kernel with generic ide enabled. laptop has been running like a rocket ever since (thanks for the support vl guys btw)

If you want I could send a link to this kernel, but you'd have to build your own instalation disk

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