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    Quote Originally Posted by qqcoisa123

    I just bought a new computer.
    But I'm having trouble installing Linux.

    Here are the specs:
    Motherboard ASUS P5V800-MX (INTEL Socket 775 > VIA P4M800)
    Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz
    1 GB RAM
    160 GB 7200 rpm SATA
    DVDRW Dual Layer
    (no floppy drive, which unfortunetely is very important in installation issues)

    He came with windows XP installed. I really need to install some linux distro on it, so
    I started by resizing windows NTFS partition to make unallocable space for linux.
    (I don't know if this is enought, because I've heard sometimes that it's necessary to create
    partitions for swap, boot, etc - I just did the resize because I thought Fedora installation
    CDs would take care of the rest)

    First Try:
    Then I boot from Fedora 3 first installation CD.
    However, I don't even get to that stage. When the system boots from the Fedora CD,
    no hard drive is detected. He gives me the chance to load device drivers, but I don't
    have any SATA hard drive installation disks, and even if I had I don't have the floppy

    Bios Settings:
    The Maxtor SATA disk is detected as THIRD IDE MASTER. And the DVDRW as SECONDARY IDE MASTER.
    I don't know if this is good for linux.

    First Try to Fix:
    I read that a similar problem could be fixed if I change BIOS settings of SATA disk to
    Compatible or Legacy Mode. However, in BIOS, the only reference to SATA that I find
    (other that displaying it in THIRD IDE MASTER) is under Chipset->SouthBridge->SATA
    with Disabled/SATA/RAID as options. And none of them work.

    Thanks Beforehand,
    Pedro Vaz
    Hi! I am having the same problem now. Do tell me what you did and how you did it in installing Fedora. I can not find any solution among the forums i had gone over with. I had not anticipated this problem when I bought the new PC with the same motherboard and hard disk.

    Thanks beforehand too.

  2. #2
    Super Moderator Roxoff's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    Nottingham, England
    Try installing with:

    linux expert
    at the bootup prompt. Fedora Core will load more drivers at install time and will then detect a wider range of hardware.
    Linux user #126863 - see

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