> Some of my PC's hardware is not listed in the RedHat Linux compatibility
> list. Namely my HP Colorado 20GB internal tape drive, my NEC CD-ROM and
> my IBM hard disk (no IBM hard disks are listed at all). Also I have no
> idea what my modem is and think I'll have to open up my machine to find
> out. My video card and network card are both listed in the hardware
> compatibility list.
> Does RedHat Linux (7.2) have generic drivers that will/might be able to
> handle these pieces of hardware? [NOTE: HP have no Linux driver
> downloads for my tape drive nor does the NEC site for my CD-ROM.]
Possibly. Linux will, as a rule, support any IDE hard disk attached
to a supported controller; it will, as a rule, support any ATAPI
CD-ROM attached to a supported controller. Linux should support all
SCSI hard disks and CD-ROMs attached to a supported controller.
I can't comment on the tape drive, but I've seen options for things
like "ATAPI tape drive support" in the kernel. I've never used them.
I find it extremely likely that Linux supports all SCSI tape drives
attached to a supported controller.
Quote:> I don't want to buy or download RedHat if I'm not likely to be able to
> get my hardware running with it, especially -obviously- my hard disk and
Download a RedHat rescue disk and try booting with it. If it starts
up and seems to recognize all your hardware, you're good to go.
Quote:> Finally does another flavor of Linux support more types of hardware than
No. "Linux" is an operating system kernel and is what provides
support for all these devices. _As a rule,_ distributions ship
with "vanilla" Linux kernels. While there's nothing to stop Mandrake,
for example, from including support for 300 other devices, it's
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