Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 135644
Installer doesn't work with SATA drive
Last modified: 2013-07-02 22:22:29 EDT
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Description of problem:
Boot kernel from Fedora Core Test 3 doesn't work on Abit KV8-MAX3
Chipset VIA with Serial ATA drive. During the SCSI drivers loading the
installer always stops. Especially during the sata_via driver loading.
This problem always occur in the Fedora Core versions.
Hard disk: Seagate 80GB Serial ATA
Mainboard: Abit KV8-MAX3 with chipset VIA
Processor: AMD 64 (Fedora Core uses under 32-bit or 64-bit architecture)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot Fedora Core Test 3 installer
2. Load SCSI -> sata_via
I have the same problem with a Dell Precision 370 using the Intel 925x
chipset. The ata_piix and libata modules are loaded but no disks are
seen. I'm using FC3RC2 for X86_64.
To be clear, the installer informs me that no disks are found and
quits. Nothing crashes or hangs.
Turns out to be a BIOS setting. I ordered the machine with two 80GB
disks and Dell set the BIOS SATA configuration to RAID. Setting it to
The problem with the above solution is that after I make the BIOS
changes, my windows XP won't boot - that is until I change the BIOS
settings back. That means that every time I want to boot the other OS,
I have to adjust the BIOS. It is slightly inconvenient - especially
when I need to reboot the machine remotely...
An additional problem with the solution listed above is that setting
the BIOS to Combination mode in effect enables Parallel-ATA emulation
of the hard drives, resulting in a performance drop.
Possibly a better solution is to set it to RAID Autodetect/ATA
instead. This will allow the drives to operate in native SATA mode.
See http://linux.dell.com/storage.shtml for more information.
Caveat: You can't use the "hardware" RAID (its actually the
driver/firmware that performs the RAID functions)... Linux software
RAID is a good option though.
The root cause of the problem is that Dell ship the 370 with the SATA
operation mode set to RAID Autodetect/AHCI as default. The kernels up
to and including FC3 (and possibly the very latest kernel.org one, I
don't know offhand) don't have the AHCI support needed for this to
An update has been released for Fedora Core 3 (kernel-2.6.12-1.1372_FC3) which
may contain a fix for your problem. Please update to this new kernel, and
report whether or not it fixes your problem.
If you have updated to Fedora Core 4 since this bug was opened, and the problem
still occurs with the latest updates for that release, please change the version
field of this bug to 'fc4'.
This bug has been automatically closed as part of a mass update.
It had been in NEEDINFO state since July 2005.
If this bug still exists in current errata kernels, please reopen this bug.
There are a large number of inactive bugs in the database, and this is the only
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