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Hi i've got a new HP Pavillion dv6500 series notebook recently. and i've tried to install Redhat Linux Enterprise Edition but it could'nt load any drivers for it. what distro should i use with my HP notebook? can anyone please tell me which distro of linux wont have any driver problems with the HP pavillion notebook?
Interesting question, I have a HP Compaq nx9010 and have successfully installed Opensuse 10.0, 10.1, 10.2; Mandriva and recently Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn. I would like to know which drivers Red Hat did not recognize. Anyway, my guess is that with either OpenSuse 10.2 or Ubuntu you should be fine. However, there might be some configuration needed, but usually that it is not that hard. Let me know if you decide to go for any of those distros. Good luck!!!
The distro has nothing to do with driver compatibility (other than the kernel release its based on). The drivers are built into the kernel. If you have problems download a newer kernel and recompile, but 1st make sure the chipsets are suported by checking them with the Linux HCL.
I am unfamiliar with disk druid. Is it an SATA drive? I would try fdisk /dev/sda, and if that doesn't work post the results of lspci & lsmod to see if your sata chipset is recognized. If not you may want to search to see if your sata chipset is supported in the latest kernel release. If your SATA chipset is not supported in the kernel of your RHEL but is in the latest kernel, you may need to make a custom boot disk to get the install going which could be a pain. Either way you should move this post to the hardware forum immediately.