[clug] RH can find HDD but SUSE and Debian cannot?

Benedict and Trisha Wyss btwyss at netspeed.com.au
Sun Sep 5 08:53:03 GMT 2004


Thanks for the reply.

Appologies for not supplying full details, I was at one of those frustrated

Verisons = RH 8, Debian 3.Or2, and SuSE 8. The CPQ AP400 has SCSI HDD's.

To top it off my windows workstation died and so I had to utilise the AP400.
The HDD's are too small to dual boot, that counts out that option.

So, I am now on the lookout for an extremely cheap ($0) alternative. I am
willing to put in hrs in exchange.

Since finishing my Sys Admin diploma last December the above machine was the
only thing that kept me up with my learned Linux skills. I have not been
lucky enough to land a Sys Admin job yet and while at my current job doing
web content I need to continue to use Linux.

So any genuine options would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance,


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Pollock [mailto:andrew-clug at andrew.net.au]
Sent: Sunday, 5 September 2004 4:32 PM
To: Benedict and Trisha Wyss
Subject: Re: [clug] RH can find HDD but SUSE and Debian cannot?


You don't mention what version of Debian or SuSE (or RedHat for that

I'm not familiar with Compaq hardware. Does this have IDE or SCSI disks?

If you were trying to install Debian using a Woody (i.e. version 3.0) CD,
that's rather long in the tooth now. Sarge (which should be version 3.1) is
near release, and release candidates CD images of the new installer can be
downloaded from http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

It would be interesting to see if you have any more success using this
version of Debian to install with.



On Sat, Sep 04, 2004 at 03:40:12PM +1000, Benedict and Trisha Wyss wrote:
> Hi all,
> Only RedHat can find HDD's and begin installing, SUSE and Debian fail to
> detect them.
> To note:
> a. Error msg = 162 System Options Not Set, 1 out of every 5 boots
> b. I have replaced the batterie (all-be-it bodged with a soldering iron,
> still works I think),
> c. It is a compaq AP400 machine using the F10 / Diag diskettes to access
> BIOS, which works and saves, I think, and nothing to say otherwise.
> Questions
> 1. Is it possible to get a proper batterie holder soldered on the mother
> board cheaply?
> 2. Why only RH can detect HDD's with the current issue with PC?
> Further note:
> I am unable to out lay much in the way of cash, so pls keep in mind when
> replying.
> Thanks in advance,
> Ben

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