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May 29th, 2009, 12:21 AM
Hey everyone,

I posted a problem on the "Absolutely Beginner" board pertaining to this, but now that it's been isolated, I feel it would be best to start from here (although I contemplated whether this belongs here or in the Hardware board).

I am trying to install Ubuntu 9.04 on my desktop (Hard drive: Hitachi 7K1000.B - 1TB).

I believe it's a driver issue, here is a photograph of what happens when I reach step 4 of the graphical install (Desktop CD):


As you can see, the table is pure blank.

Furthermore, when I just load Ubuntu from the CD and open up the partition editor, there are no drives detected.

Has anyone encountered this/know how I may proceed?

Thanks in advance.

May 29th, 2009, 12:23 AM
Have you already gone into the CMOS Setup screen and verified that your computer recognizes the drive?

May 29th, 2009, 12:33 AM
Yep, the drive should be fine.

I've been running Windows Vista on it (and tried 7, as well).

I also tried formatting as ext3, but still nothing. =/

May 29th, 2009, 12:39 AM
What is your motherboard manufacturer and model #?

Oh, also, do you have any other drives on that system, and can Ubuntu see them?

May 29th, 2009, 12:42 AM
It's an XFX Geforce Motherboard Socket AM2+ (model: MIA78S8209).

And no, it's just the one drive.

May 29th, 2009, 01:08 AM
I google around and found this in a Newegg review of that motherboard:

Cons: Pain in the rear to get Ubuntu 8.04 to recognize the SATA drive. After hours of googling and failed attempts I found that you should add ""pci=nomsi"" to your kernel boot options to get linux to recognize the SATA drives. Worked like a charm!

I know that's a different version of Ubuntu, but couldn't hurt to try.

May 29th, 2009, 01:10 AM
Sweet, thanks a lot.

I'll give that a shot (as well as Google how to do that).

I'll let you know.

Thanks again!

May 29th, 2009, 01:15 AM
I found this:


Hope it works for ya!

May 29th, 2009, 01:51 AM
Man, you are intense!

That did the trick. It's installing as we speak.

Thanks so much for your help! Microsoft Technet, be damned.

May 29th, 2009, 02:03 AM

I assume you will need to add that option in grub so it will always boot with that option.

May 29th, 2009, 02:15 AM
Actually, no.
It's booting up just fine without any further alterations.