I have unsuccessfully attempted to install PCLinuxOS 2010 or Ubuntu on a PC given to me by a friend of mine. I have found information on both PCLOS and Ubuntu Forums regarding the problem and fixes, but would appreciate if someone would put it in a step-by-step for someone who is not as computer and Linux savvy as many on the forums.
I have an ASUS A8V-MX motherboard, which has a VIA VT8251 SATA / AHCI controller. The problem apparently involves a change that needs to be made in the BIOS because the hard drive is not detected. I apparently need to change the BIOS to IDE and then pass the "pci=nomsi boot parameter to the kernel via GRUB".
It is apparently a common problem with this board. I found this information for the fixes, I just don't understand exactly how to do it. I have experience with building a system, with changing the BIOS, and with Linux, but apparently not enough to understand the procedure from the information I found between the two forums.
I went into my BIOS and could not find the setting mentioned. I also don't know exactly how to pass the boot parameter to the kernel using GRUB. I haven't used Linux since RedHat 8 was new. It's been awhile.
If someone would please write the list as if they were instructing a complete newbie, I would appreciate it. Not only would it help me, but would benefit others having this issue who have little to no experience.
Here is additional system info:
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0111 09/26/2005
AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+
Seagate ST3160812AS Barracuda 7200.9 SATA 160-GB Hard Drive
SONY DVD RW DW-Q120A
Here are links to the PCLOS and Ubuntu Forums that deal with the issue:
PCLinuxOS Forum Link
Ubuntu Forum Link
Edited by Shawneegal, 18 August 2010 - 07:10 AM.