Undetected hard drives

NZXT Alpha
June 21, 2008 at 12:21:08
Specs: SuSE 10.3 x86-64, AMD64 X2 4200+ CPU/2Gb
So I am having a problem with this new machine (sorry about the long rant; just trying to mention all the details I can think of...): SuSE installer DVD does not detect the internal SATA hard drives. The machine came with 1 drive; I also popped in another one, already formatted and with a working system (32-bit) from an older computer that had died recently. BIOS detects both drives no problem (IDE Ch 2 master/slave), as well as an external eSATA I attached to the machine in desperation (on Ch 1, not bootable...;(). SuSE can't find either; Knoppix finds the external but not the two internals; booting directly from the internal drive brings me to grub menu, which fails later, because it is set up for root=/dev/sda1, which is obviously not the case here. Where do I find out the correct settings for "root"? I mean, grub knows that there is a /boot/vmlinuz on hd(0,0) but when attempting to load the kernel, panic ensues.

Chipset is 780G, motherboard, Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H. SuSE DVD detects everything while starting except for the two SATA drives. Weird...

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June 22, 2008 at 10:53:07
There is some setting in bios that changes the way the sata is seen to os's. Forget the name exactly.

Otherwise the controller is not being supported.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, are in my top 10

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June 22, 2008 at 14:19:41
Actually, I ended up solving the problem with Ubuntu 8.0.1; it recognized all the drives and went without a hitch from then on. So: neither the latest Knoppix nor the latest SuSE (10.3) could do anything, but the lil Ubuntu could!

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July 12, 2008 at 23:03:52
Only as FYI, when I initially installed Feisty and was setting this machine up I kept getting a message that stated my SATA HDD was "not ATAPI compliant". It drove me crazy for days and neither the MoBo mfgr nor Seagate were any help.
On the top of the Seagate HDD was a sticker that stated " no jumpers are required to configure..." and "jumper positions are for factory use only".
The solution to my problem was removing the factory-installed jumper (yeah, the one that isn't necessary) which was limiting the HDD to 1.5MPS. Once the jumper was removed and the HDD was operating at 3.0MPS, the thing was recognized and set up immediately.

Note: If you are going to use Linux (as we obviously are) do NOT buy your MoBo (or anything else) from ECS Elite Group. While I was having the above mentioned problem, I contacted ECS for advise. I received a 5-word reply back from ECS that said simply, "WE DO NOT SUPPORT LINUX".
Do not support manufacturers who do not support our efforts to break out of the grasp of the monopolies.

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