[SOLVED] installing redhat linux 5 on sata harddrive
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RH5? Do you mean RHEL5? RHEL5 definitely has drivers for sata. I have it installed on my dell which acts as a squid proxy server, If you want to install it on your laptop which I suspect is going to be used as server, I would recommend using a desktop distribution like Ubuntu or Fedora or something similar. RH is enterprise and absolutely not made to be used on laptops or desktop machines.
RHEL5 works fine as a desktop/laptop. Because of its nature as an enterprise OS it will lag behind a lot of distros in features or bells and whistles(more stable). Depending on how new the hardware you are using is, you may need to use 5.3 instead of 5.0, there was a lot of hardware support added in 5.3.
I seriously do not understand why RHEL/CentOS for desktops / laptops? They have got Fedora for the purpose. Obviously unless desktop / laptop is used as office entity where office pays for the subscription like one of my earlier offices where I worked which made us mandatory to use RHEL as test machines for testing the proprietary file systems for Linux and Solaris. But that is entirely a different case.
Fedora is a bleeding edge R&D distro, with a high turnover in releases. You don't want it on a serious eg business desk/lap top. Use one of the RHEL/Centos Desktop/Wkstn options. http://www.redhat.com/rhel/compare/
With RHEL/Centos you have support for five years (plus). Whereas with Fedora you only have support for thirteen months, after that you need to do a clean install(still officially preferred method). Other than dazzle factor there is very little that can be done on Fedora that cannot be done on RHEL/Centos. The reason RH supports Fedora is to develop and debug new technologies for RHEL, RHEL4 was based on FC3, RHEL5 was based on (and you can run virtually any rpm from) FC6, RHEL6 will be based on some version of Fedora(possibly even F11 if it is cleaner than F9 and F10 was).
As we asked before, are you running RH5 or RHEL5? These are two totally different products produced about ten years apart. If you are actually running RH5 it is highly unlikely that you will find them. IF you are running RHEL5 then you should contact RH and get their help, that is what the subscription is for. If you do not have a subscription you should be running Centos instead. If you download RHEL/Centos5.3 your sata controller should be supported right from the start.