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Old 06-09-2004, 04:32 PM   #1
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Procedure to install linux on a dell dimension 4600.

Dear friends,
I am a newbie on linux and need to install a red hat 9 version - the available one - on my dell dimension 4600. I started to do it, but had to stop in the second step. The problem, I think, is that its HD controller is not being recognized by red hat. It follows a description of my PC system.

1) Pentium 4, 8 GHz, MMT, INT, SNDNIC;
2) Keyboard 107 keys (ABNT-2 standard) (this is not a problem);
3) 256 MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz;
5) Integrated audio;
6) Dell E733 monitor 17, BCC;
10) Network board INTEL PRO 100M PCI;

Another relevant informations are:

11) Intel 82865G graphics controller;
12) Intel 82801EB SM Bus controller - 24D3;
13) Intel 82801EB universal host controller;
14) Intel 82801EB Ultra ATA storage controllers;
16) Intel 82801EB USB Universal Host controller.

If somebody decides to help me, please consider that:
1) Ive been using Linux/UNIX systems for a few years, so that
Im familiar with command environment, text mode, vi editor, basic shell
scripting and Im able to use some MS-DOS tools if necessary;

2) a computer works from the monitor to me and from me to the monitor (through keyboard, of course), because I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING about hardware configuration, drivers installation and so on (but I can learn it quickly, I need to!).

Perhaps there is some missing detail on my description. If so, please make me know so that I can describe more precisely whats going on. I will really appreciate any help.

Thanks in advance,

Rio de Janeiro-Brazil.
Old 06-09-2004, 05:29 PM   #2
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From what I found via google (don't have the exact type of your SATA chipset, but the machine type was helpful) showed that it's possible to install RH9 on that machine, but only with a custom (read: compiled by you) kernel.

The second option is to use another distribution version - it looks that Fedora has the drivers you need.

The choice is yours.


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