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    Question Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    I am attempting to install ubuntu 10.10-alternate-i386 that was burned on a cd.

    Motherboard: SOYO SY-K7ADA v1.0-2AA1
    Main Processor: AMD Athlon 1700+
    Primary Master: WDC WD800AAJB-00J3A0 0.103E01

    The HDD is brand new and hasn't been formated, partitioned, or previously had any other OS on it. The HDD is recognized in the BIOS. I am able to get to the Ubuntu Install screen, and proceed to follow through the first eight steps on the install process:

    ( 1 )Choose language
    ( 2 )Configure the keyboard
    ( 3 )Detect and mount CD-ROM
    ( 4 )Load Debconf preconfiguration file
    ( 5 )Load installer components from CD
    ( 6 )Detect network hardware
    ( 7 )Configure the network
    ( 8 )Configure the clock

    When it gets to the 9th step (Detect disks), I am given this response:



    [!] Detect disks

    No disk was detected. If you know the name of the driver needed by your disk drive, you can select it from the list.

    Driver needed for your disk drive:



    -A list of possible drivers are listed in which don't match, except for two, but they don't lead to anywhere beneficial in order to complete the installation process.

    At this point, I have no idea how I must proceed. Any suggestions, comments, guidance, and/or help, would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you. The sooner the better.

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    Re: Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    You need to partition map on the disk.

    May I suggest the following installation preparations:

    Boot from the LiveCD/LiveUSB, select 'TRY' and then menu to: System >> Administration >> gparted partition manager.






    You can now use the automatic install, or follow the ideas below for a manually controlled install:


    Then begin creating 3 partitions for '/' (root) '/home' & Swap:



    Make your root partition 20-30 gigs



    Make your '/home' partition all the rest of the disk space except that you need for swap (swap = RAM size + 10%)



    Next your swap partition:

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    Re: Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    Press the 'check mark' button to make the changes real:



    gparted will ask this:



    Then it updates your partitions:



    You can see a list of the changes made once the work is done:



    And a view of what the partitions look like after the update:

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    Re: Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    Same layout, but as seen using the Disk Utility:



    Now when you re-install, select this method:



    And tell the install to use the three partitions this way (You Drive is likely /dev/sda, not the /dev/sdc this screen shot was taken from):




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    Question Re: Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    Thanks Hedgehog1.

    I had done as you had told me to, and used the Live CD installation version rather than the alternate. After Ubuntu was preparing to begin the installation process, the screen turned black, and an error message popped up. [Error Message]:


    BusyBox V1.15.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.15.3 - 1 Ubuntu5) built-in shell (ash)
    (initramfs) mount: mounting /dev/loop0 on //filesystem.squashfs failed: Input/output error
    can not mount /dev/loop0 (/cdrom/casper/filesystem.squashfs) on //filesystem.squashfs

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    Re: Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    YUCK!!!! That is an unpleasant surprise!

    This error:
    BusyBox V1.15.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.15.3 - 1 Ubuntu5) built-in shell (ash)
    (initramfs) mount: mounting /dev/loop0 on //filesystem.squashfs failed: Input/output error
    can not mount /dev/loop0 (/cdrom/casper/filesystem.squashfs) on //filesystem.squashfs
    is coming from the CD drive, not the hard drive.

    The quickest way past this is to create a LiveUSB and do the install from that (I just did this myself about 4 hours ago!).

    Please use unetbootin http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ to convert the ISO into a LiveUSB, and then install using that.

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    Question Re: Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    How large must my usb be in order to proceed?

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    Re: Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    For a LiveUSB, a 1 gig or larger USB stick will work.



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    Question Re: Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    Good news: I had successfully created a LiveUSB to do the installation.

    Bad news: My BIOS is not recognizing the USB as an option to boot from.
    - I had tried the other options that were presented in the BIOS in order to see if it would potentially boot from the USB, but it was a no go. Unless I am overlooking a step.

    Thanks for the patience.

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    Question Re: Not Detecting Disks 10.10

    Out of curiosity, do you think it would be beneficial to use a Minimal CD Image?

    Link: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...tion/MinimalCD

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