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#1 dole

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 11:39 PM

Hello
i am trying to install Fedora 6 on the Dell Optiplex box and installer does not recognize the SATA drive.
The BIOS does not have an option to switch to PATA.
Is there a way to upgrade the installer?
Any other solution?

thank you

#2 danleff

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 02:59 AM

You did not specify what exact Optiplex model that you have, but have you considered Fedora 8, which would likely support your system hardware?
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 06:23 PM

It is Optiplex 775
I actually have Fedora 8 running on it now. The problem is that I have problems with video quality (due to either driver or new Xorg). So I wanted to backtrack to Fedora 6...

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 09:01 PM

Take a look at this article.

It describes a different model, but what happens when you pass;

linux pci=nomsi as he did at the installer splash screen?

What graphics card is in this system?
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 09:30 PM

I cannot get past 'Select driver' stage at the very beginning. The installer cannot find the hard drive, offers to Select driver, i choose 'ata_piix' and it fails.

The box has Q35 chipset and integrated 3100 Intel graphics

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 02:38 AM

Looks like ICH9 support for sata, from what I have read, was not available until the 2.6.21 kernel. This would explain why Fedora 8 works.
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