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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.
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?
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.
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!
Last edited by Satadru Sengupta; 11-19-2006 at 05:36 AM.
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.
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.