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Re: Problems installing FC4 on Dell Optiplex GX620



Hey welcome to the world of 16 bit disk access that we all enjoyed back in the early 1980's on the IBM AT.
 
The fix for your problem is wait until Linux catches up to the Windows world in terms of, among other things, emerging disk technologies.
 
If you want to run UNIX, there are many choices which do support modern technologies perfectly well.  (IE IBM AIX, HP UNIX, Sun Solaris)
 
Oh yeah have fun with DMA too.
 
You can force Linux to use DMA for disk access on IDE drives.  Since the current work around for providing SATA support involves wrapping SATA inside the control set for SCSI I'm not sure if you will ever get DMA for your SATA drives.
----- Original Message -----
From: Tod Merley
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 10:10 PM
Subject: Re: Problems installing FC4 on Dell Optiplex GX620



On 3/17/06, Bruce Keats <brucekeats gmail com> wrote:
I am having all kinds of problems installing FC4 on a Dell Optiplex GX620.  When I try and use the FC4 CDs, it fails to find the hard drive.  The controller is the on board Intel SATA controller.  I know the hardware works fine because I can install FC3 on the Dell and it works as long as the BIOS is configured for combined mode.  If I do a yum update, the latest FC3 kernel fails to boot.
 
Does anyone know how to install FC4 on these boxes.  I suspect the latest 2.6.15 works as reported in http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~ushankar/linux-dell.html .  Does anyone know how to replace the kernel on the FC4 CDs to get these systems to install properly?
 
Bruce

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Hi Bruce!
 
Perhaps there are other options (see link):
 
 
Does sound like an HW problem.  Sounds like rebuilding the Kernel you have may be a good option.
 
Have fun!
 
Tod


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