Shahms King shahms at shahms.com
Thu Dec 15 17:06:24 UTC 2005

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Eric Harrison wrote:
> Jim Hays wrote:
>> A friend who uses K12LTSP just bought a new server for his K12LTSP lab
>> that has SATA drives.  He is trying to install K12LTSP 4.4.1 and it will
>> not install on the SATA drives.
>> Does K12LTSP "play nice" with SATA?  Does he need a newer version.
> A some-what common problem is "RAID" turned on in the bios on a
> "Fake-RAID" controller (i.e. a RAID controller that requires special
> software drivers to work).
> Check the system bios and/or the SATA controller bios (if it has one) to
> make sure that any RAID settings are disabled.
> If it happens to be a "real" hardware RAID controller, sometimes you
> have to create the RAID volumes and initialize them before the operating
> system can see the drives.
> If neither of those suggestions do the trick, it would be helpful if we
> knew the make/model of the SATA controller (and/or the make/model of the
> server)
> -Eric

Additionally, there are some known installation problems with certain
SATA controllers and FC4 (on which K12LTSP 4.4.1 is based), so knowning
which controller he has would be useful.  Look through the bugs at the
link below and see if any applies to your hardware:


As a side note, I have an SATA harddrive at home that wasn't found by
the default installer but after working some magic (which, sadly, I no
longer remember) I got things installed and running.  I should note that
the installer doesn't have all of the drivers that the final install
does, so difficulty during install doesn't necessarily mean the drive(s)
won't work once installed.

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Shahms E. King <shahms at shahms.com>
Multnomah ESD

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