Red Hat 4.2 can't detect my Promise hard drive controller...

Red Hat 4.2 can't detect my Promise hard drive controller...

Post by Perry Pederso » Fri, 26 Dec 1997 04:00:00

    Hello there!

    I've been trying to install my Red Hat 4.2 Linux on my 4-month old
Gateway 2000 Pentium II 266, but it apparently cannot detect the hard
drive controller, which is a Promise Ultra 33 (product description at ).

    I've searched the Promise and Linux sites for a driver/patch, but I
haven't been successful.  The installation program says that it can't
detect any SCSI devices, and then when the partition information screen
comes up, I get a "can't detect any hard drives" message.

    I thought this problem might happen as my installation of both NT
4.0 and Win95 have required manufacturer's driver disks to have both
operating systems recognize the controller.

    If anyone has solved this problem, please let me know.  If there
isn't a current solution, I'll get my 486/100 out of storage and install
Linux on it-- it has two SCSI drivers and a common Adaptek controller.


Perry Pederson


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