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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
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.
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I found this post that might help:

It is SATA that is causing your problems.
Old 02-13-2005, 10:49 PM   #5
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