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Old 06-09-06, 09:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy S2891 Linux Sata installation

Gosh, I thought this problem was solved with the latest Linux kernel in Fedora Core 5!

Firstly some system configs:

TYAN S2891 (K8SRE) mobo
2x Opteron 250 2.4 Ghz
2x 1G RAM (1G per CPU) - Total 2G
1x NVidia NProfessional 2200 MCP (Sata Controller)
4x SATA2 Western Digital WD800JD 80Gb -Total 300Gb
BIOS 2.01.2891 (Release Date: 09/28/05)

O/S install media:
Fedora Core 5 x86_64 DVD

This is new Linux installation on 'straight-out-of-a-box' hardware. Bootup is fine. All system components recognised, especially the 4 SATA drives. I've tried various combinations of the follwoting options to get the Linux installation going, but all ended up with the same problem - the system hangs (black screen with cursor cross) after Anaconda starts installation:

BIOS settings:
BIOS Main: O/S Installed [Linux]/[Other]
NV Raid Configuration: [Disabled]
MTRR Mapping: [Discreet] - Onscreen help says that Linux O/S may need this setting - not sure what this does.
Enable ACPI: [No]
Interrupt Mode: [APIC]/[PIC]

I've also passed the following commands at boot time:
Boot: linux acpi=off nnoapic nolapic noprobe

The problem looks like an old one with the sata_nv driver causing a kernel panic. When I do not install the driver (using noprobe) Anaconda travels a little further but falls over when no hardrives are detected (as you would expect). This leads me to believe that the problem lies with the sata_nv driver and the kernel. I've researched this and I was under the impression that the kernel fix would have been included in Fedora Core 5.

Any suggestions / help to get around this. Perhaps another Linux distro that works with the above setup?

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Old 07-19-06, 03:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: S2891 Linux Sata installation

Just thought I'ld close the loop for those that may have had the same experience. I finally got Linux to install without any problems using SuSe 10.0. I used Tyan Support's advice and used a commercial distribution that they support. After 3 weeks of solid searching and trying, it's a pity that I'm no closer to understanding what or why I had problems with FC 5.

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