Problem with Anaconda (Fedora) and Xcell 2000 mobo

Erick Martínez ericko7 at
Mon Apr 6 18:22:32 UTC 2009

Thanks a lot to James Wilkinson and Karsten Wade for your suggestions.

Well, I have a lot of problems trying to install Fedora in that old PC100 (PCChips) XCell mobo with Sis chipset but at least the Fedora 10 installation DVD now does recognize the harddrive. I'll try this media, if not success, I'll try the netinst cd version of Fedora 10 instead. Later I'll tell you how is going the thing. C'ya!

"Shalom"     Erick Martinez
Estudiante de piano y composición.

--- On Mon, 3/16/09, James Wilkinson <fedora at> wrote:
From: James Wilkinson <fedora at>
Subject: Re: Problem with Anaconda (Fedora) and Xcell 2000 mobo
To: fedora-list at
Date: Monday, March 16, 2009, 4:24 PM

Erick Martínez wrote:
> Hello. I've problems trying to install Fedora (7,8,9, and maybe
> realese 10, cause I almost finish the downloading) in an old cpu Intel
> Celeron Coppermine-128 600 Mhz with 396 MB RAM on a PCChips M748LMRT
> "XCell 200" MOBO.

Ouch! The memory will be a bit limited, and the processor a bit slow,
but that looks like it’s a SiS chipset on a PCChips motherboard. I had a
lot of problems with those.

> The problem in fact is, that Anacando doesn't
> recognize any hard drive. I found a post but can't open it
> Any
> suggestions?

You may find a more
useful link. Fedora (from 7 onwards, I believe) uses the new libata set
of drivers exclusively. may also be worth
reviewing for its treatment of kernel and module parameters.

I believe Fedora 10 has a lot of ATA drivers built-in, but it doesn’t
look like ata_generic is. It looks like on Fedora 10, you can append 
to the kernel boot line, and you’ll be more likely to detect the disk.

Do you need a more detailed walkthrough of where to set those
parameters? You’ll need to do it when booting the install media, and
then make sure grub picks it up – you might find it easier, to begin
with, simply to edit the grub command line each time you boot.

Hope this helps,


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