Re: Cannot install Fedora Core 6 on Abit IB9

On Sun, 24 Dec 2006 07:05:51 -0800, zr wrote:

BIOS detects the hard drive. I have Windows XP running on the machine
and I also installed Ubuntu 6.10 successfully. Could the problem be
with the partitioning tool that comes with the Fedora installer?
Could i workaround the problem by running the Fedora installer from
Ubuntu to upgrade to Fedora? I don't quite know if and how it could be

General Schvantzkoph wrote:
On Sun, 24 Dec 2006 06:01:39 -0800, zr wrote:

Yes, I am working with an IDE DVD-ROM connected to a Jmicron
The problem that i am seeing is that no hard drive is detected, so i
cannot create Linux partitions. Doesn't the fact that the installer can
run the the installation from the DVD ROM drive imply that it can work
properly with it?

On Dec 24, 3:02 pm, General Schvantzkoph <schvantzk...@xxxxxxxxx>
On Sun, 24 Dec 2006 03:56:51 -0800, zr wrote:

I am having trouble with installation of Fedora Core 6 on an Abit IB9
When I reach the section that queries for partition configuration, no
disks seem to be detected by the system so the installation cannot
proceed. Has anyone encountered this problem before, or can help me
overcome this issue?

Thanks.What kind of DVD ROM are you using? The 965 doesn't include a PATA port so
Abit uses a separate Jmicron controller which might not be supported in
the 2.6.18 kernel. I have a Lite-On SATA DVD ROM on my Abit AB9 Pro which
works fine, the Lite-On cost me $29 at ZipZoomFly. Before you rush out and
buy the Lite-On you should do a Google search for Jmicron FC6 install, I'm
pretty sure that I've seen mention of a command line switch that forces a
compatibility mode.

Is the BIOS seeing the hard drive? When you do the boot you should see the
drive listed. If it isn't listed then you could have a cable problem. Also
which SATA sockets are you using? On the Abit AB9 Pro there are nine SATA
connectors, 6 for the Intel ICH8R, two for the Silicon Image controller
and one for the Jmicron. You should be using the Intel sockets, you don't
what to use the Silicon Image or the Jmicron connectors. I originally had
my DVD ROM on the Silicon Image, sometimes it worked and sometime it
didn't. When it didn't work, the BIOS displayed a bunch of gibberish
characters in the boot drive list instead of the listing the SATA DVD
drive. When I connected the DVD ROM to an Intel connector the problem

I found this on the web,

linux all-generic-ide apci=off irqpoll selinux_compat_net=1

BTW once you've gotten the install to work you'll face the problem of the
Realtek MACs. They aren't supported in the 2.6.18 kernel, they are
supported in the 2.6.19 kernel. I downloaded the kernel from, with the MACs work fine.

I had no trouble installing FC6 on my AB9 Pro. Try the command line switch
that I posted and see what happens.