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Old 02-13-2005, 05:52 PM   #1
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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 ??
 
Old 02-13-2005, 06:01 PM   #2
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All your answers are here

http://www.pvv.org/~rolfn/linux.html
 
Old 02-13-2005, 08:36 PM   #3
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Linux is still quite messy in every distro. If you have difficulty recognizing whether you can install linux you might not want to install it--at least until they fix the massive mess that is linux in every distro.
 
Old 02-13-2005, 09:55 PM   #4
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I found this post that might help:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...36#post1395336

It is SATA that is causing your problems.
 
Old 02-13-2005, 10:49 PM   #5
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http://www.websamba.com/Linux_Docs_Links
-> Hardwares
-> Hardware Compatibility

Most distribution have their own list.

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