Can Linux be installed on my system?
I have a new Dell Dimension 8400 with a 250G Maxtor 7Y250M0 SATA HD.; Intel 82801FR SATA-AHCI controller. Although the current Dell BIOS A03 (10-11-04) lists alternatives, the default of SATA operation - Autodect AHCI - is the only one which will not produce an error. It won't boot on the others. It means "RAID if signed drives, otherwise AHCI" It's a single drive (no RAID) and partitioned 1/2 for Windows Xp which runs OK. The other half is unformatted.
I've tried unsuccessfully to install 3 different distros of Linux and none can find a hard drive to install on. I don't want to "detune" the SATA operation, even if I could to emulate IDE and lose SATA performance and DMA.
I've seem other posts where I was told that Linux can install on SATA drives.
Finally, my question: What specifically, is blocking the install of Linux on my computer? I'd like to dual boot with Xp. Is it the SATA controller, the Dell BIOS or ??