Compaq Presario 900 can't find hard drive
I've got access to a Compaq Presario 900 through work, an AMD
I've got around a couple of problems, I have to boot with ide=nodma and
nomce according to various web sites.
So I can get right to the start of the installation procedure, but both
fdisk and cfdisk say "can't open /dev/hda"
The drive is an 18 Gb Fujitsu 2.5" drive on an ALI controller, and it is
visible in the dmesg output. However, if I reboot from there and let it
start the other installed OS then it sais "NO OPERATING SYSTEM FOUND"
It seems that something is shutting down/spinning down the IDE drive or
the controller so that a power off is required to reset it.
Anyone got any ideas?