installer recognizes my hard drive as sda when i have hda

Asked by curiouscustomer on 2010-03-02

Installation is complete and Ubuntu 9.10 is located on my hard drive.

error: no such device: (48 bit address maybe?)

Press any key to continue...

I noticed the installer seem to think i have a SCSI hard drive, but i have a PATA drive.

Do you think that has anything to do with it? My hard drive has passed diagnostics.

Dell Inspiron 600M
2 gig RAM
WD Scorpio Blue 160 gig HD

Question information

English Edit question
Ubuntu grub-installer Edit question
No assignee Edit question
Solved by:
Last query:
Last reply:

Sorry, I meant to say Ubuntu will not boot.

Tom (tom6) said : #2

Hi :)

Please try a LiveCd session of Ubuntu. Can you get a LiveCd to work from the installer Cd?

Many of the most popular versions of linux now use sda regardless of whether the drive is pata or sata. The differences are dealt with "under the bonnet" and wouldn't be causing the errors you are having.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Yes i had already been succesful booting off the CD.

I am wondering if it just because the chip set driver is not installed?

Tom (tom6) said : #4

Hi :)

So you have installed Ubuntu 32bit desktop onto a partition that is over 15Gb? The LiveCd boots to a working desktop but the hard-drive install fails?

Can you try installing the graphics driver to the LiveCd or does it want to reboot?

System - Administration - Hardware drivers

Please let us know.
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

yeah i am getting all these I/O logical errors right after the CD loads but before the installation options.

Any idea what that is all about?

Maybe Wubi will work and i can worry about getting a clue later.

Tom (tom6) said : #7

Hi :)

Have you been able to test the new Ubuntu 10.04 before it gets officially released?
Trying it as a LiveCd or as an extra dual/multi-boot would be ideal. Developers and everyone are keen to try to iron out any problems before 10.04 gets officially released so you might find faster & more effective answers to your bug reports which would make 10.04 work better on your system for you

Thanks and regards from
Tom :)