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Detected 0 ATA PCI controllers

 
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lesliev



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:48 am    Post subject: Detected 0 ATA PCI controllers Reply with quote

Hi all!

I am having problems booting from the LiveCD on a HP 6830s laptop. The boot messages say:
[quote]
Detected 0 ATA PCI controllers
Error : device /boot/system/drivers/dev/hcd/ata_pci failed to initialize itself
Mount boot FS: @boot iso9660
[/quote]

..then it stops.

I have tried all the failsafe options in the menu, same response. I think all the drives in the machine are SATA but I may be wrong about the CDROM.

Leslie
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lesliev



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exact same results trying to boot on an emachines G620 and a lenovo 4446. Both of these are laptops.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you get the same problem on several different machines, it could be a problem with the cd. You could try downloading and burning the live cd again, or check the md5 sum of your iso file. (Looks like the md5 sum for the livecd isn't on the website, but I get b60909ce2bf456a16428757b9ba6da97 for the .iso file).
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also try looking in the BIOS of the machine for an option to set the ATA controllers into legacy or PATA mode (where they will emulate a traditional IDE disk controller).
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lesliev



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the quick response! The MD5SUM is right and I checked the disk too. I will try the PATA idea just now.
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lesliev



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It gets a bit further in PATA mode - but still not beyond the boot messages. Perhaps the ata_pci message was not what caused the boot to stop.

The log ends in these possibly relevant messages:

[quote]
IRQ 10 enabled
Detected 2 ATA PCI controllers
ATA device connected on standard cable
Name: ST9250410AS (hda)
Modes: PIO ( 3 4 ) MWDMA ( 0 1 2 ) UDMA ( 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 )
Capacity: 250059 Mb
No device connected on port 0:1 (not present)
ATAPI device connected on standard cable
ATAPI CD-ROM/DVD-ROM connected on standard cable
Name: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T50L (cdc)
Modes: PIO (3 4) MWDMA ( 0 1 2 ) UDMA ( 0 1 2 3 4 5 )
ATAPI device connected on standard cable
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...Oh wait a minute, it boots in failsafe! Great!
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lesliev



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, well done everyone!

To summarize, I had to set my drives to PATA in the BIOS, and then run Failsafe mode. Unfortunately the interface is really slow, but I don't expect much without ATI drivers, and I can't test much without Wifi drivers.

I'll try on a few other computers (desktop + ethernet if possible) and see how it goes.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations. Smile

Having SATA in legacy mode shouldn't be very slow. However, failsafe disables a lot more. You can probably narrow that down by using the other troubleshooting menu options.
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lesliev



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried each menu option, only failsafe works. I also tried editing the options in the Failsafe menu entry but have not yet found a combination that works other than having them all.
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