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Old 06-26-2007, 06:06 PM   #16
JimBass
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Fedora 4 is from mid 2005, official release date was June 15, 2005. it is so old (by linux standards) that it is no longer supported. SATA support has greatly improved since then. Chances are very good your only problem is that you're trying to install very old software on top of current hardware. If you like Fedora, (which I don't, but its your choice) at least try the current version, which is 7. Or use some other distro, but regardless, use the most current version.

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Old 06-26-2007, 08:32 PM   #17
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You need to place the word linux before the word install

Quote:
Originally Posted by AwesomeMachine
when you boot the install CD, or DVD, there is a prompt, usually called

boot:

Before you hit enter to start the install, type this at the prompt:

install libata.atapi_enabled=1
boot: linux install libata.atapi_enabled=1

for older distros

and

boot: linux ide2=noprobe ide3=noprobe

for newer distros.
 
Old 06-27-2007, 01:44 PM   #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JimBass
Fedora 4 is from mid 2005, official release date was June 15, 2005. it is so old (by linux standards) that it is no longer supported. SATA support has greatly improved since then. Chances are very good your only problem is that you're trying to install very old software on top of current hardware. If you like Fedora, (which I don't, but its your choice) at least try the current version, which is 7. Or use some other distro, but regardless, use the most current version.

Peace,
JimBass
Thanks Jim, but in view of the other posts here, I don't
think it is a sw problem. I tried all the boot options posted,
and they all result in an install prompt to enter the name
of a driver to continue. None of the drivers works.

It's a Dell hardware problem, I am sure: The machines we
bought (Dimension c521) apparently have no IDE HD interface,
or I think the all_generic_ide option would have
worked. Risks of buying a low-priced computer . . .. From
other internet posts, these machines don't even run Windows
without crashing occasionally.

I should point out, again, that the application sw we use
is 2007-issue and requires RedHat EL3; I'm jumping ahead
by trying Fedora 4 (I use that on my personal machine and
like it).

Other brand-new machines (serial ATA) run RedHat EL3, so
I think it is a Dell hardware problem. We may switch to HP.
 
Old 06-27-2007, 07:06 PM   #19
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Usually, you can customize your computers when you purchase from Dell.
 
  


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