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Hi Linux Gurus, I want to install RH9 on a dell machine with a SATA hard drive. When i run the installation CD it doesnt recognise the hard drive. Iam ...
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    Installing Linux on SATA hard drive


    Hi Linux Gurus,
    I want to install RH9 on a dell machine with a SATA hard drive. When i run the installation CD it doesnt recognise the hard drive. Iam stuck pls help.

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    What SATA controller do you have?

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    RedHat 9 is a bit old for decent SATA support; I really hate it when I have to say this, but you may want to look into getting a newer distro.
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    Try Fedora 4. I have a very new motherboard chipset, and FC4 was one of the only distros that knew about its bits.

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    Made it!

    Hi guys i managed to find my way around it.
    In the dell BIOS there is an option for 'combination' which lets ATA fornat be recognised!

    Rgds,
    Dru

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    Nice. Wasn't aware of that option; I'll have to file that one away for later.
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    Brand new machine with SuSE 9.3 on one swappable SATA drive and Windows XP on the other. (need to keep the home users happy)

    SuSE loaded with no complaint whatsoever, for XP I had to load the drivers at install time.

    In fact, since these OS's were both new installs on identical hardware at the same time, it's been an interesting opportunity to compare the two. Lets just say that I assumed I'd have issues with SuSE and that I'd load XP and forget about it.

    I'll spare you the details for two reasons:
    1) I don't want to get in trouble for starting yet another Microsoft bashing thread.
    2) You probably wouldn't believe some of the stuff I saw happen on the XP side

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    Hi Linux Gurus,
    I want to install RH4 on a COMPAQ LAPTOP with a SATA hard drive. Whether the linux os will support sata hard drive if yes then where will i Find the sata driver pls help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ephemeral
    Try Fedora 4. I have a very new motherboard chipset, and FC4 was one of the only distros that knew about its bits.
    Please, think about Fedora 6.
    Fedora 4 and previous versions aren't supported anymore!

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    Talking Proponent for Debian

    Try Debian:

    The distro is compiled every night with all the most recent working bits.

    Also, you can find the testing version, which is a little more bloody and raw, though will suit some systems - this is what I chose for my Dell Inspiron 1501 which came with XP (New Year 2007). Not much else worked until I tried this.

    Might help someone.

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    My systems (vaguely):
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    DELL Inspiron 1501
    SATA Drive
    Wireless

    Custom desktop

    Sempron 3100+
    1Gb RAM
    60Mb/120Mb IDE MAXTOR drives
    Elite Group MOBO
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