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Old 11-16-2006, 09:29 AM   #16
Satadru Sengupta
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Ryan, thought you might like to have a look at this post:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...er+for+Hitachi
 
Old 11-16-2006, 10:05 AM   #17
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My aim was a little off. The driver we need is for the SATA controller. To find this I need to know what kind of motherboard you have.
 
Old 11-16-2006, 10:36 AM   #18
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The motherboard is of ASUS make, P5VDC-MX Series (M753) with VIA P4M800 PRO Chipset Support.

A quick word before you start your hunt; I rustled up a old set of SuSE Linux 6.4 and did attempt to install that. Believe it or not is detected the hard disk including the serial number and all!

The question is what does an old SuSE Linux have that a new Fedora Core 5 doesnt?

Please help :-/
 
Old 11-16-2006, 10:43 AM   #19
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What are your settings for your SATA drive in the BIOS. Is it set to normal or combination?
 
Old 11-16-2006, 10:52 AM   #20
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Honestly, I wouldnt know the answer to this question. In a way, I wont be able to find that out without voiding the warranty of the PC manufacturer/assembler.

Do you think SuSE would be a better alternative than using FC5 (or for that matter, any of the Fedora Core variants)?
 
Old 11-16-2006, 08:14 PM   #21
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Well Suse is based on the same system as Fedora. So you might have a similar experience. I've never used Suse so I couldn't give much details. It works with your system so maybe you should give it a try.
 
Old 11-17-2006, 01:27 AM   #22
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What perplexes me most is the fact that a farely modern version would fail in recognizing a SATA-II hard drive; whereas, a relatively older distro of SuSE Linux recognizes such.

I shall be giving a try at another Linux, viz., Damn Small Linux. I have been reading the reviews and I think this could be interesting.

Do you have any idea about Damn Small Linux, Ryan? Considering that I am an absolute newbie to the world of Linux, is this a good option to pursue? Is it possible to have two different distros of Linux on a same PC, to coexist with another OS, viz., Windows XP?
 
Old 11-17-2006, 03:44 AM   #23
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Sorry I have no experience with DSL. I do believe that it is more like a Debian system. Let me know how it works out for you. I don't see any reason why you couldn't triple boot. I am still perplexed as to why FC5 doesn't support your VT8251 Southbridge chipset. Others have had the same problem as you and I did find a solution that involves recompiling the kernel. That is beyond my skill though. Well best of luck to you.
 
Old 11-17-2006, 04:47 AM   #24
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Ryan, thanks a ton for your efforts. I truly appreciate your active help and support.

For the record, I have downloaded the real 'tiny' Damn Small Linux (50 MB) version 3.0 and I do like it very much. In fact, its small and fast for my needs.

Considering first appearances, I do not suppose I would be requiring a triple boot :-) But then again, who knows!

However, there is an issue which I am facing while using this. I have posted the following thread at:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=502443

Thanks a lot once again. I may need your help again in the near future.
 
Old 11-19-2006, 04:30 AM   #25
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Ryan, I finally cracked the process of installing Fedora Core 5 on PCs equipped with SATA-II hard disks (especially, the Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 types). I shall try and enumerate the steps as concisely as possible.

1. At the initial bootup process using the CD #1, type the following at the boot prompt: Linux all-generic-ide

2. This ensures that the hard disk is automatically detected and further installations and configuring of hard disk partitions can carry on as normal.

3. After the entire installation is complete, the PC boots up. It is at this bootup process, one needs to edit the kernel line at the boot loader. The modified line should read as folows: kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5smp ro root=LABEL=/ all-generic-ide

4. After the desktop screen is presented, a similar change is required in the /boot/grub/grub.conf

5. Reboot the PC, and everything is as it should be.

I really love Linux for its challenges! Guess, I am going to stick with the Fedora Project after all!

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Old 11-19-2006, 09:51 AM   #26
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I am facing the same problem with Mainboard 101GGC,and SATA Hard disk.I'm trying to install RHEL4.Plz tell me for the same.
 
Old 11-19-2006, 06:18 PM   #27
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Thats great Satadru! Where did you find this out? I did not find anything remotely close to that solution on the internet. Enjoy FC5.
 
Old 11-19-2006, 10:15 PM   #28
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Ryan, I found the solution while discussing the issue with one of my friends (Diptavo Goswami) at office. He had remotely suggested this solution after making a Google search on the web. While we werent confident of the solution, nonetheless we decided to give it a try on my PC. And it worked! I thought of posting this solution immediately and seek your comments on the same.
 
Old 11-19-2006, 10:22 PM   #29
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Dear Santosh, may be your friends on this forum would be able to help you out if you could be a little more specific on the following issues:

1. Complete configuration of your PC. It would be helpful if we could have the make, model and type of your hard disk alongwith the details and specifications of your motherboard.

2. At what stage does your RHEL4 installation give up.
3. Can the installation detect your hard disk?
4. What are the error messages which are being displayed.

May be Ryan and my friends (viz., Diptavo and Binamra) would be able to solve your problem.

Personally, I havent installed RHEL4. Assuming both RHEL4 and FC5 to have the same kind of installation procedures, you could give a try to the installation process as detailed in my earlier post.

In addition to the above, you may have a look at the following url:
http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html

While I am not sure as to how best it could suit your purpose, this may act as a reference.

Last edited by Satadru Sengupta; 11-20-2006 at 12:06 AM.
 
Old 11-19-2006, 10:36 PM   #30
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Dear Santosh,
Yesterday at night only I installed RHEL and i am quite success.
But before that I tried to install Fedora 5 but I failed.I think that my graphics card is not supporting it or it may have same other problem. I will try my best to install it again.If u would let me know when ur installation give up then I can try my best to solve ur problem and i would also consult my colleagues and can give u some suggestions.
 
  


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