This page is part of the debugging series — pages with debugging details for a variety of Ubuntu packages.
This page describes how to debug issue with IDE harddrives, CDROM and DVD drives.
Chances are that if you have newer hardware and are running a newer distribution, you are using the ata_piix module.
- On power on, press 'Escape' to get the Grub boot menu
- Add the following kernel command line parameters at the end
break=top, modprobe ide_generic all_generic_ide=1
To do this press e to edit then go down to kernel and press e again. When done adding press ESC to go back and then b to boot with this option.
To make this persistent you can edit the grub config file as root such as gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst