OptiPlex GMT 5133 ide2 usable?

OptiPlex GMT 5133 ide2 usable?

Post by <f.. » Sat, 30 Dec 2000 07:05:44

I have purchased a Dell OptiPlex GMT 5133 to use as a Linux firewall.
I have discovered that although it has two ide ports on the motherboard
RedHat Linux 7.0 install only sees the first one.  A quick search on
the Dell support web site reveals that to use the second ide port on
the motherboard requires a special driver that Dell lists as being
available for several older operating systems:

IBM OS/2 2.1x
Microsoft Windows 3.1
Microsoft Windows NT 3.1
Novell NetWare 3.1x
Novell NetWare 4.0x
SCO UNIX 3.2.4

Anyone have any luck getting any version of Linux to recognize the ide2
interface on this motherboard?

  Frank Swasey
Always remember: You are UNIQUE, just like everyone else.


1. Solaris 2.5 x86 on Compaq DeskPro XL 5133

I'm trying to install Solaris 2.5 on my home computer, a Compaq DeskPro
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Panic: Page fault
Page Fault
Kernel fault at adr=xxxxx

The Solaris installation guide mentions a similar problem and suggests
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The 90Mhz version of basically the same machine is listed in the x86
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My machine has 32Mb of RAM and a Matrox Millennium video card. I'm using
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I would be very grateful to hear from anyone who has successfully
installed Solaris 2.5 x86 on such a beast, or who can otherwise provide
any suggestions.


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