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Date:      Mon, 26 Jan 2004 21:05:01 +0100
From:      Ben Koopmanschap <>
Subject:   "No disks found!" in Sysinstall despite of supported IDE Controller
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Hello Everybody!

I have a Pentium 4 2,66 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB UDMA HardDisk which in
Linux is recognized to have a Intel 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller
(IDE). For more details about the chipset and other things, one can
eventually visit:

(please see the right column).

On my Hard Disk I have the following partition scheme:

1st primary partition --> Fedora Core 1 (Linux)
2nd primary partition --> Swap Partition
3rd primary partition --> Linux From Scratch
4th partition --> extended partition
5th logical partition --> Swap
6th logical partition --> Linux From Scratch (for experimental purposes)
7th logical partition --> Swap
8th logical partition --> Linux From Scratch (for experimental purposes
9th logical partition --> Swap

I am bothering you with this scheme because I'm not quite sure it has to
do with my problem, but maybe the information will help you to assist

AFAIK, my hardware is supported by FreeBSD 4.9 and 5.2.

I downloaded the iso's of both the releases of FreeBSD (4.9 and 5.2),
burnt them on CD-ROM and tried to install a FreeBSD on my system.

Unfortunately, with both releases I totally get stuck when I in
Sysinstall choose for "Begin a standard installation.." After Sysintall
said to me it is going to try to find my hard disk, I get the error

"No disks found! ..." (followed by the message that I have to check if
my storage controller was properly been probed by the kernel). After
several attempts and having seen the kernel coming up, I ensured myself
that the kernel probed my controller properly. Though my hard disk is
not recognized!

Of course I have tried to enable/disable several drivers in the kernel
configuration menu (which I only was able to with the 4.9 - release),
but none of all tried combinations did work.

I start to get a little desperate now, so I hope very hopefully that
someone on this list can point me in the right direction.

Thanks anyway for your attention!

With regards,

Ben Koopmanschap

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