need help on SATA

jeff jeff at
Wed Mar 8 10:12:30 MST 2006

If the reason is that you need a 2.4 kernel for some reason, try CentOS 3.5

Before CentOS 3.5 came out, I had to get SATA working on Fedora Core 1. 
  I created an internal web page with cut and paste instructions.  It 
had two parts, build an rpm then the install.  RH9 should be similar (I 
origionally had RH9 instructions.  This might not be the best way, but I 
could do this in just a few minutes.

TO build the RPM:

> Building a new 2.4 kernel and create an RPM(RedHad .config based)
> I had to change the name to work properly with making an RPM.
> Install stuff
yum -y install ncurses-devel
yum -y install rpm-build
rpm -Uvh kernel-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl.src.rpm
> Build a new kernel
> The specific commands listed here assume building a 2.4.29 kernel from a rh 2.4.20-28.7 .config file. Adjust for your needs.
> Dowload the new kernel into /usr/src
> Unzip kernel
cd /usr/src/
tar jxvf linux-2.4.29.tar.bz2
mv linux-2.4.29 linux-
rm linux linux-2.4
ln -s linux- linux-2.4
ln -s linux- linux
cd linux-
> Get the config file, fix Makefile and make oldconfig. Use defaults and modules.
make mrproper
cp ../linux-2.4.20-28.7/configs/kernel-2.4.20-i686-smp.config .config
patch -p1 < /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/linux-2.4.2-changeloop.patch
vi Makefile
:1,$s/$(RPM) -ta $(TOPDIR)/$(RPM) --target i686 -ta $(TOPDIR)/g
make oldconfig
> Check the current config.
make menuconfig
> Note: check to make sure that it is configured correctly.
> Build the kernel.
make dep && make bzImage && make modules && make modules_install && \
cp -f arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz- && cp -f 
.config /boot/config-
> If SATA support needed, make an initrd manually, make install doesn't do it correctly.
cd /boot
rm -f
mkinitrd -v -f --with=scsi_mod --with=libata --with=ata_piix 
--with=sd_mod initrd-
mkinitrd -v -f initrd-
mkinitrd -v -f `cat objs` initrd-
rdev /boot/initrd- /dev/md2
> Reboot selecting the new kernel to verify it is bootable.
> Build the RPM
cd /usr/src/linux-
> Fix the spec file note: grubby is broken, so the spaces (5) must be correct!
vi scripts/mkspec
echo ""
echo "%post"
echo 'mkinitrd -f --with=scsi_mod --with=libata --with=ata_piix 
echo 'grubby --add-kernel='\'' 
root=/dev/sda3'\'' --copy-default --grub --initrd='\'' 
--make-default --title='\''Fedora Core 
echo ""
> Press escape
> Build the RPM
make rpm
> The RPM will be located in /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i686/

The actuall installation:

> Add a standard ATA HD and a NIC, install from CD.
> On the ATA drive, Build a new kernel
> see Building a new 2.4 kernel (RedHad .config based)
> note: configure (kudzu) any devices
> Run fdisk -l to verify the new disk
> Poweroff and remove NIC.
> Boot system
> Configure (Kudzu) any new devises that changed.
> Create partitions
fdisk /dev/sda
> Create the following partitions:
> sda1 -> +100M -> /boot
> sda2 -> +1024M -> swap
> sda3 -> rest -> /
> It should look like this when done
> Disk /dev/sda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 4863 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes
> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> /dev/sda1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
> /dev/sda2 14 144 1052257+ 82 Linux swap
> /dev/sda3 145 4863 37905367+ 83 Linux
> Make filesystems
mkreiserfs /dev/sda1
mkreiserfs /dev/sda3
mkswap /dev/sda2
> Mount SATA disk
mount /dev/sda3 /mnt
mkdir /mnt/boot
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot
> Mirror ATA -> SATA
cd /
tar cf - bin boot dev etc home initrd lib opt root sbin tmp usr var | ( 
cd /mnt/ && tar xBF - )
mkdir /mnt/mnt
mkdir /mnt/proc
> Make SATA bootable
chroot /mnt /bin/bash
cd /boot
rm -f initrd-2.4.29-0.1smp.img
mkinitrd -v --with=scsi_mod --with=libata --with=ata_piix --with=sd_mod 
initrd-2.4.29-0.1smp.img 2.4.29-0.1smp
ln -s . boot
> Modify /etc/grub to something like:
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.29-0.1smp)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.29-0.1smp ro root=/dev/sda3
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.29-0.1smp.img
> Comment out other kernels, they will not boot anyway.
> Modify /etc/fstab to something like:
/dev/sda1 /boot reiserfs defaults 1 1
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/sda3 / reiserfs defaults 1 1
/dev/sda2 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
> Exit chroot
> Reboot to SATA
> Poweroff and remove ATA.
> Boot system
> Configure (Kudzu) any new devises that changed.

It was a specific case, but might help.

chaitanya Ralegaonkar wrote:
> I am trying top install red hat 9 on SATA hard disk , can any one help ?? I am getting message 
> " No hard drives found "
> Thank you. 

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