Originally Posted by spannernick
I looked it up on the net and it looks like linux has a problem with that type of board,its the first time I have heard of it,is there a fix for linux mint maybe I can sort it..?
what happens when you try to install it or run from live CD..?
It definately effects all types of linux, I cant boot ubuntu 13.10 because they forgot to enable option at compile time.
I didnt know either until I tried installing it. There is a kernel fix for it, but I cant remember what it was. You have to compile with a certain kernel option.
It has something to do with the way it checks boot drive, it just doesnt find it if you have an SB600 chipset.
Live CD boots but hangs on scanning for bootable media after kernel is loaded. It then gives up and says it cant find bootable drive.
If you want, I can dig out DVD and try it again to get exact error.
Just checked again and now I remember.
Apparently the ATI SB600 ACHI controller starts after the bios and linux kernel misses it.
So it gives this;
ata1: Softreset failed (device not ready)
It then gives up and tries to continue with this;
/init: line 3: can't open /dev/sda: No medium found
It then repeats this over and over until it fails "/dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, /dev/sdd etc etc".
Workaround is to disable the PMP support for SATA;