yes, SATA could cause an issue depending which controller you have (ie: non-AHCI SATA).
you may have to boot and use Haiku from USB stick which is next best thing to hard drive install.
I would not give up hope just yet because you can try safemode options and that may get you to boot it. Do you get to the last graphic in boot splash screen?
First should check the ISO and burned CD to make sure they are error free. An error prone burn can cause Haiku to freeze and not work.
- use zip’s test/verify to check integrity
- use a burning program that allows comparing ISO file (on drive) to burned CD to see if they match up
If NO errors with steps above:
use SPACEBAR (press it while booting) to enter safemode. From there you can try different settings to see if Haiku will boot for you.
I have seen where Haiku won’t work for people on 1 computer but will on another system of theirs. Very rare you get 2 or more computers not able to support Haiku. With 4 computers, either bad disc, burn or corrupt download come to mind unless they have same hardware that Haiku is failing on.
Since you have download cap, you should wait for RC before you try Haiku again.
In about 7 out of 10 cases on a non-booting system, a user can use safemode options or change a BIOS setting and have Haiku boot for them.