Installing Slackware on Dell XPS T

Installing Slackware on Dell XPS T

Post by David Ziegle » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



I've got a pretty good bit of experience in Linux, but I've come to a
problem that's got me stumped. I'm trying to install Linux (Slack 7) on my
new computer - a Dell XPS T600r. It has an IBM DPTA-372730 hard drive
(ATA/66) on an Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller (That's what
Win98's calling it). I try to install Slack using the bare.i image. It
detects my CD-RW, my RAM, everything fine, except the drive. I talked to a
couple of friends, and they said that the problem might be that it's ATA/66,
since my CD-RW (on another channel, ATA/33) is detected fine. I have access
to Linux boxes which I could recompile a kernel on if that's necessary. My
question: Any idea how I'd go about getting Linux to recognize my drive?
Thank you all in advance for any insights you might have!

-David Ziegler

 
 
 

Installing Slackware on Dell XPS T

Post by Tom Brinkma » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00


Quote:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Original Message <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


regarding Installing Slackware on Dell XPS T:

Quote:> I've got a pretty good bit of experience in Linux, but I've come to a
> problem that's got me stumped. I'm trying to install Linux (Slack 7)
on my
> new computer - a Dell XPS T600r. It has an IBM DPTA-372730 hard drive
> (ATA/66) on an Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller (That's
what
> Win98's calling it). I try to install Slack using the bare.i image. It
> detects my CD-RW, my RAM, everything fine, except the drive. I talked
to a
> couple of friends, and they said that the problem might be that it's
ATA/66,
> since my CD-RW (on another channel, ATA/33) is detected fine. I have
access
> to Linux boxes which I could recompile a kernel on if that's
necessary. My
> question: Any idea how I'd go about getting Linux to recognize my
drive?
> Thank you all in advance for any insights you might have!

    The drive will be just as fast (ie, very little difference)
on ata/33.  I've got a dpta also. It's quick 'cause it's 7200rpm
and has 2 Mb buffer.  I run mine on a /33 cable with another WD /33
5400rpm drive.  The IBM is twice as fast (hdparm Tt), even on /33,
and the WD is not slow by any means.  ATA/66 won't get you much
(a few percent) and it's a hassle to support.

   AFAIK, Mandrake 7, coming in Feb. will have native ata/66 support
from install on.


 
 
 

Installing Slackware on Dell XPS T

Post by David Ziegle » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00


Sorry, I probably wasn't clear... The problem isn't that it won't recognize
that it's ATA/66. The problem is that it won't recognize the drive, period.
I've tried passing parameters on the LILO boot line, etc, to no avail. Any
clues on how to convince the kernel to recognize it, period? Speed isn't the
concern here. Thanks again for your help.

-David Ziegler


Quote:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Original Message <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


regarding Installing Slackware on Dell XPS T:

Quote:> I've got a pretty good bit of experience in Linux, but I've come to a
> problem that's got me stumped. I'm trying to install Linux (Slack 7)
on my
> new computer - a Dell XPS T600r. It has an IBM DPTA-372730 hard drive
> (ATA/66) on an Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller (That's
what
> Win98's calling it). I try to install Slack using the bare.i image. It
> detects my CD-RW, my RAM, everything fine, except the drive. I talked
to a
> couple of friends, and they said that the problem might be that it's
ATA/66,
> since my CD-RW (on another channel, ATA/33) is detected fine. I have
access
> to Linux boxes which I could recompile a kernel on if that's
necessary. My
> question: Any idea how I'd go about getting Linux to recognize my
drive?
> Thank you all in advance for any insights you might have!

    The drive will be just as fast (ie, very little difference)
on ata/33.  I've got a dpta also. It's quick 'cause it's 7200rpm
and has 2 Mb buffer.  I run mine on a /33 cable with another WD /33
5400rpm drive.  The IBM is twice as fast (hdparm Tt), even on /33,
and the WD is not slow by any means.  ATA/66 won't get you much
(a few percent) and it's a hassle to support.

   AFAIK, Mandrake 7, coming in Feb. will have native ata/66 support
from install on.

 
 
 

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    That sounds like a load of shit to me.  I thought Intel made Dell's
motherboards.  I would raise holy hell until they buy the damn thing back from
you, or do whatever (or undo as the case may be) it is that makes this a
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explaining how much you liked their computer, their support, and how you will
tell all your friends on the internet about it.  Oh yeah, you may want to put
"attn: Micheal Dell" on the package.)  You can also contact the BBB in Austin
TX to file a complaint about misleading practices, as (I'm assuming here) they
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line, raise HELL!!!   At most companies, the customer is still always right.

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