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FIXED: OK I fixed the problem by installing the Intel ICH8 AHCI driver and stock 9.4 kernal on the iAtkos v4.1i iso. Not sure which one exactly fixed the problem, but I'm going to assume the ICH8 AHCI driver did. The only problem now is it is not detecting my laptops keyboard.



I'm having the "Still Waiting on Root Device" problem when booting from my harddrive. From searching the forums, I've figured out this is a problem with not having the right drivers installed for the SATA device, but I'm not sure what driver I need exactly. I've also read to try changing the ACHI setting in bios, but I do not have any settings in my bios with options like "ACHI, RAID" etc...


I'm using the iAtkos v4.1i image.


In my device manager, there are several ATA controllers listed, one is ACHI, but I'm not sure if ACHI is being used or not because it's not listed in my bios.


This a gateway C-140 convertible laptop ordered straight from gateway.


Here are my specs as reported by CPU-Z and attached is my DxDiag for additional information.



Number of processors	1
Number of cores	2 per processor
Number of threads	2 per processor
Name	Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5500
Code Name	Merom
Specification	Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz
Package	Socket P (478)
Family/Model/Stepping	6.F.D
Extended Family/Model	6.F
Core Stepping	M0
Technology	65 nm
Core Speed	1662.6 MHz
Multiplier x Bus speed	10.0 x 166.3 MHz
Rated Bus speed	665.0 MHz
Stock frequency	1666 MHz
Instruction sets	MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T
L1 Data cache (per processor)	2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache (per processor)	2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache (per processor)	2048 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size

Chipset & Memory 

Northbridge	Intel PM965 rev. C0
Southbridge	Intel 82801HBM (ICH8-ME) rev. 03
Graphic Interface	PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width	x16
PCI-E Max Link Width	x16
Memory Type	DDR2
Memory Size	2048 MBytes
Memory Frequency	332.5 MHz (1:2)
CAS# Latency (tCL)	5.0 clocks
RAS# to CAS# (tRCD)	5 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP)	5 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS)	15 clocks


System Manufacturer	Gateway
System Name	Gateway M290
System S/N	1100209291
Mainboard Vendor	Gateway
Mainboard Model	 
BIOS Vendor	Phoenix Technologies LTD
BIOS Version	88.05
BIOS Date	09/17/2007
Memory SPD	 
Module 1	DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 1024 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics
Module 2	DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 1024 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics
Windows Version	Microsoft Windows Vista (6.0) Home Premium Edition (Build 6000)
DirectX Version	10.0


Here is a picture of some errors it gave during boot process




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I have this same, problem. Still Waiting for root device. Ive been using a ide western digital hdd. for now i have been using one of the cheap external ide to usb and it boots 'n runs smooth as {censored}. but once i try to slap her in using ide cable... im doomed. an old copy of lawless leo4all seems to be the only 100% installer i have found. all other require me to install/boot usb.

Systems like a raped ape on usb, and barney fife on ide, {censored} dont work!

anyways, if ppl can shed light. ive ripped out all my hair swapping sata ports jumpers, and ide cable slots. with the sata/ahci in every config.

hardware is:


Chipset: SouthBridge SB600

Audio: ALC889A

Video: 8800GT 512


DVD is sata

hdd is ide.

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Hi scv311us:


is it possible that OSX is confused by your mixed media? You said you have an sata DVD and an IDE hardrive..


Maybe it doesn't know which drivers to load..I had the same problem but had used the AHCI fix..


Only my media DVD and HDD BOTH were SATA -


Possible to pick up a small SATA hard disk?

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