Help installing Haiku on Acer Aspire AX1300 Computer

Found a inexpensive AMD Phenom X4 based computer today and trying to get Haiku installed on it.

Good thing #1 is the system does boot from CD Drive to Haiku R1A4 and network does work, sound no, but looks promising at this point.

Issues I am having so far are #1, I can’t get Haiku installed on the internal SATA hard drive. 8-(

The system boots Haiku from CD, I run the installer and it all installs fine after I partition the drive to the Be File System, but after install the system does not see the hard drive to boot from.

At the Welcome to Haiku Boot Loader the select boot volume shows NONE and will not let me see the internal hard drive to boot from.

Very odd since Haiku installer goes through all the motion to install Haiku so why can’t it see the drive to boot to?

Here are some specs on the system.

Acer Aspire AX1300
AMD Phenom X4 CPU
4GB Memory
640GB Hard Drive
NVidia GeForce 8200 Integrated Video Card
NVidia 8200 Chipset & Graphics

Does not see Hard Drive inside so even turning off all things for Safe Boot does not help as CONTINUE is not highlighted for me to select.

Any advice would be great!


As a new side note, I stuck in a Fat formatted USB Thumb Drive and installed Haiku onto it from the Installer CD and this system does see the USB drive and I can boot Haiku from the USB Thumb Drive.

So, still can’t boot from internal hard drive yet it sees the drive during install and goes through all the install motions.

Maybe the drive needs to be set as some boot drive or something but the partition app in Haiku installer is very limited on what it can do.


My continued misfortune getting the system to allow install and boot from the internal hdd.

I have been playing back and forth with having the system boot direct to CD or HDD first.

Booting to CD as #1 option this system boots and I can install Haiku etc… but the system will not boot to HDD afterwards.

If I set the #1 boot to the HDD I now get a message AMD Data Change…Update New Data to DMI!

I have no idea what that means.

Maybe the HDD is hosed or something,

Anyway, will continue tinkering but maybe someone can clue this newb in.

I can only guess the drive needs a certain format or something in order to boot and with something not right, the system refuses to boot to HDD.


final data for the night and I will then wait for those here to maybe offer an answer.

I am booted to my USB Thumb Drive now and using Drive Setup to look at the internal hdd.

This is what it shows.

/dev/disk/scsi/0/1/0/raw 596.16GiB
/dev/disk/scsi/0/1/0/0 Be File System Haiku (under volume) 259.57 GiB Active
/dev/disk/scsi/0/1/0/1 Be File System Haiku (under volume) 259.64 GiB
/dev/disk/scsi/0/1/0/2 Be File System Haiku (under volume) 76.96 GiB

Yes I did install Haiku on all 3 this last time desparate to get it running.

Appears the drive must have had 3 partitions from when it had Windows Vista on it.

I have selected the main 596.16 GiB drive and select partition and installed Haiku on it. I have tried installing on these other 3 partitions. I am exhausting all things I know to try.


There are a couple of things you can try:

  1. Create a new Intel partition map in DriveSetup
  2. Make sure that BootManager is installed.
  3. Switch AHCI mode in your bios to legacy/ide.
  4. Update your bios

[quote=Diver]There are a couple of things you can try:

  1. Create a new Intel partition map in DriveSetup
  2. Make sure that BootManager is installed.
  3. Switch AHCI mode in your bios to legacy/ide.
  4. Update your bios[/quote]

Can you offer a little more help with this?

When I try to make a NT Partition via Haiku CD it seems to lock up system like it is doing nothing. I let it run this way at the locked screen (but mouse moves) for 15 minutes so not sure it ever did anything so I just shut her down. Unless making a NT Partition (the only other option in Drive Setup) takes a long time and I need to let it go longer?

I remember using G Parted in the past so made a GParted CD and boot this Acer to it. I then used it to make 2 partitions. One Fat16 and one EXT2. Not sure that was best choice but that is what I did.

I then boot the Acer to Haiku CD and had it make both partitions the Be File system and install Haiku on them both. Reboot Acer, still will not boot to hard drive.

How frustrating!

I keep getting a message when I try to boot to hard drive “AMD Data Change…Update New Data to DMI!”

What does that mean? I really had no idea.

I can only guess that this system is still not seeing a bootable partition on the drive even though Haiku is installing on both of them.

I am not familiar with Bootman. How to I make sure it is installed???

I did switch from AHCI to IDE but no difference.

Not sure how to update BIOS on this system as I come from Mac and never have to update BIOS. My guess to update I need to install some Windows based system on this computer and then boot to it and then try to download and install an updated BIOS, if one is available.

Any more help would be great!


I am booted! From HDD!

Sheesh. hehehe

OK, for those that may go through the same thing, here is what you need to do.

After using Drive Setup to partition the hdd, you need to click the small TOOLS up in the left side of the window and make the drive bootable. I can’t seem to get back into that screen at the moment but you will see something about installing bootmanager, which I did, and also making the drive bootable.

Once I did this and rebooted, whalla! she boots from hdd.

Now onto trying to get sound to work.

I am only able to run in VESA 1280 x 720 but such is life. I may try to connect to my VGA display and see if I can get better. Right now I am doing HDMI so that could be the reason.


It’s been so long since I installed Haiku the “normal” way I don’t remember what the process is.

On BeOS R5, at the end of the file copying process it used to ask you with a dialogue, “Do you want to install the boot manager?” Yes or no. If Haiku installer does not do this, perhaps it should be modified to do so. Many users won’t know they need a boot manager to load an operating system, generally it should be installed unless they already have a boot manager they want to keep (in which case they’ll know what to answer to that question)

Thank you for sharing the information, TJ.