[solved] LiveCD not recognising hard discs

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[solved] LiveCD not recognising hard discs

Postby Psykar on Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:06 pm

So in attempting to install linux mint x64
My current setup:
120GB HDD:
- 80 GB NTFS w/ XP
- 1 GB linux-swap
- 39 GB ext3 with Ubuntu 8.10 mounted as '/'

250GB HDD:
- 200 GB NTFS, music and stuff
- 8 GB linux-swap - what i want to be mint's swap partition (empty atm)
- 10 GB ext3 - what i want to be '/' on linux mint (empty atm)
- 32 GB ext3 - wha ti want to be /home on linux mint... again empty atm

750GB HDD (new today)
- NTFS - contains movies moved off the 250GB to make space for partitions


Ubuntu see's them all fine....
Windows sees them all fine.
The live CD see's nothing
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mint@mint ~ $ sudo fdisk -l
mint@mint ~ $


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mint@mint ~ $ mount
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
tmpfs on /lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
varrun on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=0755)
varlock on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=1777)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devshm on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
tmpfs on /tmp type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/mint/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=mint)
mint@mint ~ $

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mint@mint ~ $ ls /dev/s*
/dev/scd0       /dev/sequencer2  /dev/snapshot  /dev/sr0     /dev/stdin
/dev/sequencer  /dev/sg0         /dev/sndstat   /dev/stderr  /dev/stdout

/dev/shm:
pulse-shm-3775974867

/dev/snd:
controlC0  hwC0D2  pcmC0D0c  pcmC0D1c  pcmC0D2c  seq
controlC1  hwC1D0  pcmC0D0p  pcmC0D1p  pcmC1D3p  timer
mint@mint ~ $

I'm stumped :|

edit:
Should also mention - gparted freezes for some time, then shows no devices found, ditto if I try actually installing.
Last edited by Psykar on Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: LiveCD not recognising hard discs

Postby Husse on Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:51 pm

Hmm - I bumped into something like this when I tried to install another Mint today
I had mounted two disks and forgot about it. That blocks at least the partitioner in install :)
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Re: LiveCD not recognising hard discs

Postby Psykar on Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:37 pm

After more fiddling and research:

Booting in compatability mode said some errors about fdd - I'd unplugged my floppy drive, as it's been years since i've used it. Plugged it back in and errors go... still no hard drives.
Also tried removing a RAM stick, so starting with 2GB, still no hard drives.

Double checked all drives were being unmounted cleanly, still no hard drives >.<

Still stranger - Tried an old ubuntu 8.04 CD i had lying around, this ALSO won't recognise the hard drives now :|
Even tried unplugging all but one HDD, checked BIOS settings for strange SATA stuff, but it's all set to IDE legacy (although did try some other settings)

Any ideas? =(

edit: it seems at least the partitioner doesn't freeze any more, but still no devices found
edit2: dmesg doesn't seem to show anything odd that I can pick up either >.< (won't let me attach, as i've reached attachment quota apparently)
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Re: LiveCD not recognising hard discs

Postby Psykar on Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:28 pm

Strange that I missed this page before:
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... ur_Live_CD

all_generic_ide
was the ticket =)

Although apparently turning on AHCI works as well, but that slows down bios post, and kills XP and ubuntu :P
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