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Old 05-03-2006, 11:18 AM   #1
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is there any problem with SATA harddisk in storing Linux Fedora Core 1/2/3/4?

I have problems in installing Fedora Core 1/2/3/4 in my system(Intel P 4 HT 915 GAV,2.8 Ghz,SATA harddisk).Whenever the installation starts the process exits abnormally and I am not able to install any of the version.My vendor says that the problem is with the harddisk and he says to wait till Linux compatible with SATA is available.I am very new to Linux and I do not want to purchase a new harddisk.Please help me out and tell me what should I do.
Old 05-03-2006, 11:30 AM   #2
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There is well known compatibilty issue with SATA-II disks and some chipsets, specially n-Force. This is not a linux problem at all, since its affects Windows XP too.

You must check if your hardware is affected by this issue. The links below can help you.

PS: As a last resource, you may try to enable SATA-I compatibility (some BIOS may show this as disabling Advanced SATA-II features).
In some SATA disks there is a jumper (?!?! is not SATA disks suposed to be free of jumpers ?) to disable SATA-II.

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Old 05-03-2006, 02:03 PM   #3
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Just so you know it can work... I installed FC5 on my box with SATA disks recently. Absolutely no issues so far from install through to now (about two weeks of heavy use as primary desktop).

/log/messages extract for the two disks in my config:

May 3 09:08:20 localhost kernel: hde: SAMSUNG SP1213C, ATA DISK drive
May 3 09:08:20 localhost kernel: hdf: SAMSUNG SP1213C, ATA DISK drive

This is on a home built machine using a Soyo CK-8 Dragon Plus motherboard (AMD Athlon 64 3000+ and nForce 3 150 chipset).

I've had no problems installing Win98SE, Fedora 5 and Solaris 10 (though I wonder about performance/compatibility under Solaris, disks seemed much slower there on install) on these disks and have also used them under Knoppix, PClinux and Ubuntu live CD/DVD images.

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Old 05-04-2006, 09:43 AM   #4
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Compatibility will depend on the chipset on your motherboard and on the kernel version your distro is based on.

For example, Debian Sarge, based on kernel 2.6.8, installed perfectly on my SATA disk at work (some Dell system - I didn't investigate the specific chipset, etc.)

At home, with a nForce3 250Gb chipset, SATA support was unavailable until kernel 2.6.10 of 2.6.11 (I *think* that was the version that added support for this chipset).

Bottom line, try a distro based on a newer kernel. I doubt Fedora Core 1 would qualify. Try booting your system from a recent LiveCD, like Knoppix 4.02. If this can see your SATA disk you know you at least have a chance installing some other recent distro. One other thing to be aware of: the kernel a distro is based on may not be the same kernel it's installer is based on. I had a problem a while back where Debian Sid had a kernel that should work with my SATA, but the installer was based on an older kernel couldn't see the disk to install to. A Catch-22 situation.


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