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Bug 455551 - No harddrives seen when SATA DVD is in a higher port than a HD.
Summary: No harddrives seen when SATA DVD is in a higher port than a HD.
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Kernel Maintainer List
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-07-16 05:08 UTC by tim lockname
Modified: 2009-07-14 15:53 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 15:53:04 UTC

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Description tim lockname 2008-07-16 05:08:22 UTC
Fedora 9 DVD, in an LG SATA drive. Abit motherboard. Seagate SATA HD.

The SATA HD was plugged into port SATA3. The SATA optical drive was in SATA5.
Other SATA ports were empty.

100% Reproducible, on my machine. I can give more details on the setup, but it
should be unnecessary.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Plug the optical drive's SATA cable into a port with a higher number than the
 hard drive's. Each motherboard with >1 SATA ports will assign numbers to the
ports, and this should be printed in the manual, as well as on the motherboard
next to the ports.
2.Boot with Fedora 8 DVD.
Instead of asking to checksum the DVD, it will ask for the language, then
keyboard, and then installer media. It will not find the HD when that is chosen,
and when properly choosing the DVD it will ask the user to choose a driver (none
will work) or insert a driver into the floppy drive (which doesn't exist:
archaic option. Better to search for floppy drives first).

Expected results: To ask to checksum the DVD, and then to go into the GUI installer.

Additional info: My theory is that Fedora is looking at the first available
storage medium on the controller it booted from. It sees the harddrive, and
can't access it as an optical drive, then asking for a driver. Since the
harddrive is seen as otherwise, it sees no harddrive. Moving the cables back
around causes it to see the optical drive first in the SATA list, causing it to
then identify the HD properly. If this is the case, I believe this is a
better-explained duplicate of "Bugzilla Bug 433601: Fedora 8 instalation sees no
drives on Intel ICH9R". I believe this is at least medium severity, since I
nearly threw out my DVD (it stops installation dead), and the fix isn't apparent.

Comment 1 tim lockname 2008-07-16 05:17:26 UTC
Oops, Step 2 should be "Boot with Fedora 9 DVD", but it should happen with Fedora 8 too. Also, I should 
clarify that plugging the optical drive into SATA1 fixes the problem.

Comment 2 Chuck Ebbert 2008-09-08 22:47:15 UTC
There are some drivers that won't work with >4 SATA ports.
Can you post the output of 'lspci -nn' so we can see what SATA device is on this board?

Comment 3 tim lockname 2008-09-09 00:39:20 UTC
I can't  'lspci -nn' as the post-install boot failed reliably with some informally-worded error about IRQs and I gave up for this version of Fedora. The motherboard is an abit IX38 Quad-GT. Relevant specs would be-
"# 6 x SATA 3Gb/s offer by Intel® ICH9R support Intel® Matrix Storage Tech(AHCI & RAID0/1/5/10)
# 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s through JMicron® JMB363 support 0,1JBOD RAID"
Notably the same chipset as in bug 433601.

I hope that helps, but honestly I'd think the idea would then be to fix any driver that fails with >4 SATA ports. That's info I didn't have or expect, so my original logic/reasoning may be faulty. The HD is on the fourth SATA port now, and I had noted it was on the third originally, so the driver would have failed to find the DVD there, but it was still unable to identify the hard drive (for FTP or local media install) on that third port. Moving the DVD drive to be port 1 fixed both problems, and both the DVD and HD were recognized properly (and worked up to where the install was completed).

Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2009-06-10 02:06:24 UTC
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Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 15:53:04 UTC
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is 
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