Re: Dell SATA harddrives
From: Andreas (ngdreas_at_sbcglobal.net)
Date: 7 Mar 2005 09:19:05 GMT
J Poje schrieb:
> So I have a Dell Dimension 8400 that I am happy with, but I want to
> dual boot XP Pro and a Linux distro (which I never got a chance to do
> with my old machine because of the wifi card, another long story of
> incompatibility). It's got a 150GB SATA HD in it, which is sweet
> until I try to get a Linux distro on it. To date, I've tried
> installing Slackware 10.0, Madrake 10.0, and Mandrake 10.1. The
> first two completely failed to detect the disk and the last one
> seemed to see it, but then threw an IO error when I got to the
> partitioning part of the install. I ALSO tried a modified ISO for
> Slackware 10.0 with a sata.i - this time it seemed to get a distro on
> the disk, but I could never get it to boot.
> In any case, the sum of my experiences is thus: my disk is not being
> detected by current Linux distros (based on a small subset). I've
> head things about RH:E and FedoraCore, but nothing concrete.
> Does anyone have a workaround (short of getting an IDE HD to install
> on and then transfer) or distro that's been shown to install on
> Dell's SATA stuff? The device manager lists it as 'WDC
> WD1600JD-75HBB0.' Yes, Dell doesn't provide many details on what's
> actually inside your box other than the vid card and general
> properties of components. Feh.
I have a Dell 8400 win Linux/WinXP dualboot. here's what i did:
in BIOS change SATA from AHCI to "Combination".
Update to Kernel 2.6.11
change BIOS back to AHCI
depending on the distro you might have to compile the new kernel with
ahci support (is for some reason located in the "scsi" tree of the
The only things i don't get to work are the powersave features
(standby, hibernate, etc) and monitoring the harddisk temperature.
If you don't change the bios back to ahci mode and accidently start
windows it will give you an error and doesn't start, but it's not
corrupted or something.