Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3 - Suse

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  1. Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    Hi,

    When I boot the machine, BIOS reports the harddisk is there as only
    harddisk being on 2nd IDE Master. When the DVD then checks for the
    presence of a harddisk, it says "No harddisk found". Anyone with a clue?

    Thanks.

  2. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    Huub wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > When I boot the machine, BIOS reports the harddisk is there as only
    > harddisk being on 2nd IDE Master. When the DVD then checks for the
    > presence of a harddisk, it says "No harddisk found". Anyone with a clue?
    >
    > Thanks.


    OK, just tested with Fedora 7 DVD: finds the harddisk just fine. So
    what's the trick with openSuse 10.3?

  3. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    Huub a écrit :
    > Huub wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> When I boot the machine, BIOS reports the harddisk is there as only
    >> harddisk being on 2nd IDE Master. When the DVD then checks for the
    >> presence of a harddisk, it says "No harddisk found". Anyone with a clue?
    >>
    >> Thanks.

    >
    > OK, just tested with Fedora 7 DVD: finds the harddisk just fine. So
    > what's the trick with openSuse 10.3?


    try kernel parameter 'pci=nomsi' as stated here:
    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=300001

    for me, it was successfull with 10.3; without this parameter, I had a
    "no harddisk" message...

    hth
    fabrice

  4. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    >
    > try kernel parameter 'pci=nomsi' as stated here:
    > https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=300001
    >
    > for me, it was successfull with 10.3; without this parameter, I had a
    > "no harddisk" message...
    >
    > hth
    > fabrice


    You mean as boot option? Doesn't work for me

  5. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    Huub wrote:
    >>
    >> try kernel parameter 'pci=nomsi' as stated here:
    >> https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=300001
    >>
    >> for me, it was successfull with 10.3; without this parameter, I had a
    >> "no harddisk" message...
    >>
    >> hth
    >> fabrice

    >
    > You mean as boot option? Doesn't work for me


    I tried the other parameters as boot options as well...no luck so far.

  6. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    On Mon, 2007-11-05 at 15:06 +0100, Huub wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > When I boot the machine, BIOS reports the harddisk is there as only
    > harddisk being on 2nd IDE Master. When the DVD then checks for the
    > presence of a harddisk, it says "No harddisk found". Anyone with a clue?
    >
    > Thanks.


    Try:
    pci=nommconf



  7. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3


    > Try:
    > pci=nommconf
    >
    >


    Alas..same result

  8. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    On Mon, 2007-11-05 at 22:08 +0100, Huub wrote:
    > > Try:
    > > pci=nommconf
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Alas..same result


    Last hope ... try:

    hwprobe=-modules.pata


  9. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    >
    > Last hope ... try:
    >
    > hwprobe=-modules.pata
    >


    Ok, this does work, but: after installation the system doesn't eject the
    DVD and when booting from harddisk it boots with L99 99.... Any suggestions?

  10. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    >
    > Ok, this does work, but: after installation the system doesn't eject the
    > DVD and when booting from harddisk it boots with L99 99.... Any
    > suggestions?


    Ok, solved. Used Win95 "fdisk /mbr" to clean the MBR...reboot and
    started Suse.

  11. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    On Tue, 2007-11-06 at 08:30 +0100, Huub wrote:
    > >
    > > Last hope ... try:
    > >
    > > hwprobe=-modules.pata
    > >

    >
    > Ok, this does work, but: after installation the system doesn't eject the
    > DVD and when booting from harddisk it boots with L99 99.... Any suggestions?


    Well... not sure. What the line above does is disable the "new" all
    libata for everything code allowing the old ide handling (e.g. /dev/hda,
    etc) to come back.

    I think after the install is done it may be trying boot the new
    system (1st reboot, prior to install being complete). Try the
    boot from disk option off of the DVD with the same option as above
    and see if you can complete the installation.

    If you believe you did get a complete installation, then you'll want
    to boot into rescue mode (with the option above). Make a temporary
    mount point for your / partition. Mount it (e.g. mkdir /tmp/tmproot;
    mount /dev/hda2 /tmp/tmproot). Chroot to it and mount /proc and
    /sys (e.g. chroot /tmp/tmproot; mount /proc; mount sys). Cd to
    /boot/grub and edit menu.lst and make sure the boot option above
    are on the kernel lines. Do a cd (go back to root's home) and
    try executing grub-install. Then exit and reboot.

    Alternatively, you could try openSUSE 10.2 instead. There's really
    not that much "neat" stuff in 10.3. But eventually, no matter
    what distro you use, you'll run into this problem (until it's
    fixed in the kernel).

    If anyone else has some ideas (especially if you've already been
    through this with a device that the new libata driver doesn't like),
    feel free to chime in.




  12. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    On Tue, 2007-11-06 at 17:11 +0100, Huub wrote:
    > >
    > > Ok, this does work, but: after installation the system doesn't eject the
    > > DVD and when booting from harddisk it boots with L99 99.... Any
    > > suggestions?

    >
    > Ok, solved. Used Win95 "fdisk /mbr" to clean the MBR...reboot and
    > started Suse.


    Uh... does it boot on its own without using the DVD? This is actually
    pretty good. You may be able to rerun grub-install to fix things
    up if not.



  13. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3


    > Uh... does it boot on its own without using the DVD? This is actually
    > pretty good. You may be able to rerun grub-install to fix things
    > up if not.
    >
    >


    Yes, I had removed the DVD and booted with the Win95 rescue floppy I
    found in my archive. I just find that the old harddisk (2.2 GB) is just
    OK to install Suse and nothing else. Can't even login as user, only as
    root. So considering to buy a 40 or 80 GB harddisk.

  14. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    On Tue, 2007-11-06 at 17:27 +0100, Huub wrote:
    > > Uh... does it boot on its own without using the DVD? This is actually
    > > pretty good. You may be able to rerun grub-install to fix things
    > > up if not.
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Yes, I had removed the DVD and booted with the Win95 rescue floppy I
    > found in my archive. I just find that the old harddisk (2.2 GB) is just
    > OK to install Suse and nothing else. Can't even login as user, only as
    > root. So considering to buy a 40 or 80 GB harddisk.


    Might not be the disk.. do you know your mb (ide) chipset in use?



  15. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    >
    > Might not be the disk.. do you know your mb (ide) chipset in use?
    >
    >


    According to dmesg: nForce3-250 revision 162

  16. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    On Tue, 2007-11-06 at 18:04 +0100, Huub wrote:
    > >
    > > Might not be the disk.. do you know your mb (ide) chipset in use?
    > >
    > >

    >
    > According to dmesg: nForce3-250 revision 162


    Ok... it's the disk (most likely)
    Do you have specs on that?




  17. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3


    > Ok... it's the disk (most likely)
    > Do you have specs on that?
    >
    >
    >


    Sure, it's an WDC (Western Digital) AC12500L (2.2 GB IDE)

  18. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    On Tue, 2007-11-06 at 19:59 +0100, Huub wrote:
    > > Ok... it's the disk (most likely)
    > > Do you have specs on that?
    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Sure, it's an WDC (Western Digital) AC12500L (2.2 GB IDE)


    Hmmm.. that's old enough to perhaps have some kind of issue
    I suppose. Try posting something to the bugzilla system
    for openSUSE.... include as much detail as you can.

    http://en.opensuse.org/Submitting_Bug_Reports


  19. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    >
    > Hmmm.. that's old enough to perhaps have some kind of issue
    > I suppose. Try posting something to the bugzilla system
    > for openSUSE.... include as much detail as you can.
    >
    > http://en.opensuse.org/Submitting_Bug_Reports
    >


    Before doing that, can you tell me how much space an initial
    installation without Java, Games, Multimedia and Office would need? If
    that's close to 2.2 GB, I think it's quite normal behaviour.
    On the other hand, when I selected the packages for installation, the
    %-bar indicated 73% of the disc would be used. Not close to 100%.

  20. Re: Problem finding harddisk while installing openSuse 10.3

    On Tue, 2007-11-06 at 21:48 +0100, Huub wrote:
    > >
    > > Hmmm.. that's old enough to perhaps have some kind of issue
    > > I suppose. Try posting something to the bugzilla system
    > > for openSUSE.... include as much detail as you can.
    > >
    > > http://en.opensuse.org/Submitting_Bug_Reports
    > >

    >
    > Before doing that, can you tell me how much space an initial
    > installation without Java, Games, Multimedia and Office would need? If
    > that's close to 2.2 GB, I think it's quite normal behaviour.
    > On the other hand, when I selected the packages for installation, the
    > %-bar indicated 73% of the disc would be used. Not close to 100%.


    Hmmm... not sure. I know that a really pared down SUSE can
    fit easily into 500M, but that's without graphics. 2.2G seems
    large without OpenOffice, etc. installed. Would think that it might
    be 1.5G or less (just don't hold me to that). So I think your
    value of 73% is accurate. Just hope openSUSE 10.3's dependency
    mgmt is up to snuff (which I will openly question).




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