Linux flavors?

Anyone a linux expert?

I've got this ancient lenovo thinkstation s10 (c2duo 2.6ghz, 4gb ddr3e, ich9, geforce 9800) and I'm trying to find a flavor of linux to play with. I've tried ubuntu 12.04 and mint 13 but neither appear to have drivers for my ihc9 controller as gparted can't see the drive. I really don't want to get into trying to slipstream drivers and recompiling and whatnot. I'm just looking to get started with a version that mostly works and go from there.

Did you opt to install the proprietary software when installing Ubuntu? It's possible that the drivers are included but just not GPL.

Sounds like it's not even getting to that part of the install where you'd get that choice. I've got a similar system, let me check a moment.

edit: A bit of a fly in the ointment with pendrivelinux not setting up my usb stick to boot properly.

Yeah, I didn't get that far into the ubuntu installer, basically just past the language question when it asks for a device to install on.

The Mint was a livecd (which I could have done with ubuntu too) so I could get to gparted and I forgot now what it said but it couldn't see any drives.

I probably just need a newer machine to play with, ich9 is pretty ancient.

I did try a few variants of tools that supposedly load isos onto USB sticks, but none of them were playing ball, so I'd need to sort that out or burn a disc as they intend. Something to remember the next time I want to install it for real rather than in a VM. That doesn't really help you much though.

Try this. http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/...

It works for more than Ubuntu and it's what I was using on Saturday.

Do you know if the hard drive is working? ICH9 is, like, totally, utterly, bog standard. If Ubuntu isn't recognizing that controller, then it's quite likely that either something is disabled in the BIOS, or your hardware is broken.

Malor wrote:

Do you know if the hard drive is working? ICH9 is, like, totally, utterly, bog standard. If Ubuntu isn't recognizing that controller, then it's quite likely that either something is disabled in the BIOS, or your hardware is broken.

I'm typing on it right now, in hackintosh mode. =)

Hmm. Maybe boot on a LiveCD version of Ubuntu, and cut and paste the output of 'lspci'? Let's skip the detailed "-v" options for now (you can go up to -vvv for extremely verbose output). I'm just interested to see an overview of what the Linux kernel thinks you have on the PCI bus.

There will be twenty or thirty lines; don't worry about trying to make sense of it, unless you're interested. Cut and paste all of it, just in case, but to give you an idea of roughly what you should be seeing (in the middle of a bunch of other lines):

00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801IR/IO/IH (ICH9R/DO/DH) 6 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 02)

That's what I get on my Atom firewall. As you can see, the Linux kernel normally knows exactly what to do with an ICH9 chipset, so I'm pretty confused about why yours isn't working.

edit, about 40 minutes later: if you see this in time, try also cutting and pasting the results of 'ls /sys/block'. Hopefully, that should list all your disk devices, along with a few other things. It'll probably be two or three lines of about six entries each.

Malor wrote:

Do you know if the hard drive is working? ICH9 is, like, totally, utterly, bog standard. If Ubuntu isn't recognizing that controller, then it's quite likely that either something is disabled in the BIOS, or your hardware is broken.

Yeah, there's something more to the story. Linux most certainly supports that hardware. Intel writes the drivers themselves.

Yeah, something's definitely not right. I'm wondering if maybe he's got his block devices confused, or perhaps if GParted is messing up somehow.

One of the major Linux disk partitioners, when using GPT disks, doesn't properly make shadow entries in the old MBR partition area, so that can give you real trouble moving the disk around. But I've forgotten which one is buggy.

The one thing I did see that might be related was if there was a RAID setup on the drives previously, which confused things. I'm trying to find it in my browsing history.

I haven't had time to get back to this and I probably won't until this weekend at the earliest.

Okay -- but we should be able to get this going. The problem is likely pretty minor, assuming that the hardware is working properly.