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Re: Sun Blade 100 -- Installer can't see disks

On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 10:57:12PM -0500, Jordan Bettis wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 10:47:48PM +0200, Josip Rodin wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 03:36:42PM -0500, Jordan Bettis wrote:
> > > The image boots fine, and the installer progresses to disk detection,
> > > at which point it says that it can not detect the disk, aska me to
> > > select a driver.
> > > 
> > > Switching to the shell, I see the ALI IDE controller in lspci. I also
> > > see in lsmod that alim15x3 is loaded. When I look in /proc/ide, I see
> > > ide0 and ide1 directories, but no hda, hdb, etc.
> > 
> > The hda, hdb etc devices would be in /dev. In any case, can you run
> Hi. Thanks for your reply.
> Yeah, I meant the device information directories, in /proc/ide, not
> the device nodes themselves.
> > 'fdisk -l' in that shell to search for any devices with partitions?
> This produces no output. :<
> After booting the machine back up to try fdisk, I noticed that there's
> now a /proc/ide/hda directory. It links from /proc/ide/ide0/. I swear
> it wasn't there before.
> Poking through it, I get this:
> /proc/ide/hda/driver:
> ide-default version 0.9.newide
> /proc/ide/hda/media:
> /proc/ide/hda/model:
> 0=5x40,0t pcr_axmdc.1:770
> :1012:.112 12
> identify and settings are too verbose to transcribe unless it'd be
> helpful. Of course, /dev/hda still doesn't exist.
> Just a thought, would it be practical to get a PCI IDE controller for
> this machine, and just bypass the crappy builtin one? I guess the main
> hangup would be getting OB to boot from it.

It looks like your case is worse than the other one - those others actually
do detect the drives, but fail when using them with DMA; yours doesn't
properly detect the drive, so it doesn't even get to the point where
ide=nodma would be useful.

Just in case you haven't already, try replacing the IDE cable with a newer one.

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