Inspiron 530 with other distros

Madhusudan Singh singh.madhusudan at
Wed Nov 21 10:22:34 CST 2007

On Tuesday 20 November 2007 21:46:35 Jay Hutfles wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> I have an Inspiron 530, which originally came with Vista.  I want to
> load KnoppMyth on it as I have a linux only hd tuner card, but I can't
> get the KnoppMyth live/install cd to run.  In fact, I can't get any
> distro other than Ubuntu to run.  Whether using a live cd (Knoppix,
> Knoppmyth) or the install cd (Debian 40r0, Fedora) they all stop about
> the time it's looking for the hard drive.  The system doesn't have any
> ATA or Ultra ATA ports, just SATA.  Ubunbu finds the drives just fine,
> but the rest don't.  Is there something Ubuntu is doing differently
> that lets it find the SATA drives?  The only options in the BIOS for
> drive options are RAID or IDE, and it's set to IDE.
> If all of the Debian-based systems worked, I'd be less confused by
> this.  I can provide more info on what devices Ubuntu finds, etc...
> but I just thought I'd see if anyone had an idea off the top of their
> heads...  Thanks in advance!
> Jay Hutfles
> jayhutfles at
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