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Old 05-14-2007, 02:20 PM   #1
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Installing FD6 or 7 using ASUS P5w DH Deluxe Mobo


I have tried to install Fedora 6 and 7 on my pc. I am currently using an ASUS P5W DH Deluxe mobo, 2GB Corsair Ram, XFX GeForce 7600 grahics. I am currently trying to use 2 SATA drives that I have setup in the bios as Standard IDE, would like to use SATA in a RAID 1 if supported, also the mobo uses Intel ICH7 Southbridge and Silicon Image 4723 raid controller, Processor is an Intel Pentium D dual core. I can't seem to get past the installer looking for drivers for the SATA controller and now my DVD writer is not recognized (Lite-On DVD writer with lightscribe). ANy suggestions? Is Fedora the right distro or is there another distro that would work better? If you can't tell by now I am a newbie and I would like to get away from Windows.
 
Old 05-15-2007, 10:54 PM   #2
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I have an ASUS P5B and when I was trying to install FC6, the installer would freeze and produce cyrillic characters on the screen. The only way I have found to suppress this is by using this boot argument:

boot: linux nodmraid
 
Old 05-16-2007, 02:16 PM   #3
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Thanks, Jay. I was afraid of that, but I will try the nodmraid this evening. What about changing the settings in BIOS for treating the SATSA drives as Standard IDE to ACHI?
 
Old 05-20-2007, 12:07 PM   #4
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I tried the nodmraid and it didn't seem to work. I did some more research and found this:
boot: linux all-generic-ide pci=nommconf

When I got to the boot prompt I added the above adn it started loading and then the system stopped at this command:
running sbin/loader - it stayed at that for about 30 minutes when it finally asked to do a media check, which I skipped , and I left my system on and went to bed. Now it is at the following: Running anaconda, the Fedora Core system installer -please wait..... , I don't know how long it has been here but I am going to let it do whatever it wants to do. I am refusing to give up and go back to windows or even install an ide drive. The Fedora bible says Fedora 6 is compatible with SATA drives and one way or another I will prevail (for now or until my wife gets even angrier at me).
 
Old 05-21-2007, 12:04 AM   #5
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Yeah, these installers can behave really crazy. The first time I installed fedora on my pc, I couldn't get it to complete its job without using that nodmraid option I suggested. The second time it wouldn't work unless I installed in text mode and just recently, when I installed it to another, perfectly identical computer, it just worked without any intervention on my part. It's like it changes its mind from time to time.

It's certainly true that the original FC6 installer has plenty of trouble with SATA because it has a 2.6.18 kernel. Still, if even F7 won't work with its more recent kernel, it seems that it's not really a kernel issue at all. Have you tried switching to AHCI or RAID in BIOS, possiblyl in combination with one or more of the boot arguments mentioned before?

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