Cannot install Mint on SATA drive

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Cannot install Mint on SATA drive

Postby wa2n on Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:43 am

Hi everyone...
I tried install Linux Mint Cassandra on my SATA drive, but it seems like the installer looking for the IDE drive not the SATA. And it returns an error that Linux can't find the hda or IDE drive.
I'd really like to install it to my SATA drive, or Should I replace my SATA drive to IDE harddrive?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Postby Boo on Tue Oct 23, 2007 1:24 am

could you give us some more info about your system?

do you have a sata and ide drive installed?
is the sata controller onboard or on a pci card?
if your MB has both sata and pci controllers check your bios to make sure one is not disabled.

the installer will find any hard disk, sata, ide, scsi...

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Postby wa2n on Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:24 am

Thanks for your reply Boo,
here is some of my CPU information...

motherboard GA MA69VM-S2
processor AMD Athlon X2 4000 2.2Ghz
memory DDR II 512MB
DVDRW ASUS 1814BL (IDE)
CDROM ASUS (IDE) == old stuff :)
HDD Maxtor 160Gb (SATA)

My SATA controller is onboard. I've tried install Windows XP before, it detected my SATA drive and it can install normally. And I just thought that Linux Mint installer can also detect my SATA drive. Any suggestions?

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Postby Boo on Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:12 am

I see no (logical) reason why Mint did not detect your HD. it should have.

I would check the gigabyte website for an update to the bios.

so when do you get the error?
when running the installer or when booting off the CD?

if you can get to the live desktop what happens if you run gparted?
does it show your disk.

what mint Cassandra edition are you using? (main, kde, xfce).

have a look at the wiki about checking the CD, it could be kaput.
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... ur_Live_CD

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Postby wa2n on Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:50 am

Yes I got the error message when booting off the CD.
So I don't even get in to the live desktop. Right after the Mint progress bar, the error message comes up.
I'm using Linux Mint Cassandra main edition or GNOME edition.
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Postby Lolo Uila on Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:56 am

Mint should indeed find the SATA drive. I'm running Cassandra off of SATA drives (dual-booting with Win2K). I've also installed Celena (3.1) and even the older Mint 2.2 Bianca on SATA. My inclination is to suspect the boot CD as well.

Verify the md5 checksum of the ISO you burned. There is also an md5 checksum file on the CD itself that can be use to check the contents of the CD (note that the md5 file itself will usually generate an error, but all the other files should check okay).

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Postby Husse on Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:30 pm

May also be that you've burned too fast, burn the cd as slow as possible
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Postby wa2n on Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:04 pm

Thanks Lolo Uila, Husse...
Maybe I need to burn my installer again and see the results, but before that here is my error messages...

hda: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
Buffer I/O error on device hda, logical block 136708
SQUASHFS error: sb_bread failed reading block 0x42a7b
SQUASHFS error: unable read page, block 10a9686c size 8619


This error messages keep repeating with different logical block number.
Anyone can explain what's happened? What should I do? Or maybe I just need to burn my installer again...

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Postby Boo on Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:39 am

there is a squashfs on the CD that contains the a whole installed system squashed. it looks like it is corrupt.

your CD is toast. try reburning the CD nice and slow and check the MD5 of the download and cd.

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Postby wa2n on Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:48 am

Thanks Boo...
And it's just like Lolo Uila and Husse said, all I need to do is burn the installer again and the problem solved. Now I can get in to the live cd.
But it's a little strange since I can still use my "corrupt" cd to install Mint on another computer, and I can install Mint on my computer with IDE drive.

Anyway, thanks again... :D
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Postby Husse on Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:18 am

I would not use it - but it's not as strange as it may sound.
The CD was "just a little" bad and one of your computers was "just a little" to the wrong side while the others were not
A bit non geeky :)
That computer may have a component that's slightly damaged, but still working - take a look at electrostatic discharges....
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