Problems installing RedHat v4.0 on Dell Optiplex GX520 with sata disks ...

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Fri Feb 9 02:59:22 CST 2007

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"I googled around a bit and it seems others are having the same problem with
this motherboard chipset(intel 945G). I saw one workaround that you might want
to try. Check your bios setup and see if you have a menu entry for "On-Chip SATA
Mode". If you do set it to "Combined" rather than "Auto" or "Enhanced". That has
worked for some."

Other than that, you could try compiling up a vanilla kernel for the system
(2.6.20 has just reached stable, and is far more likely to have the relevant
modules available than the RHEL 2.6.9) 

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-----Original Message-----
From: Duncan Hill [mailto:poweredge at] 
Sent: 08 February 2007 20:14
To: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: Problems installing RedHat v4.0 on Dell Optiplex GX520 with sata
disks ...

If the BIOS offers legacy mode, that can sometimes work.  Encountered that
with a Opti 745 today.  More current distros, such as *Ubuntu, will
support a 520 without issue - I use one as my primary work PC.

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