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Mandriva finds an "82801 FBM ICH6M" and asks me yes/no/hardware info.

I hit no and go next -->

"An error occurred. no valid devices were found on which to create new filesystems. Please check your hardware for the cause of this problem."

Yes gives me a big list of tons of drivers and I'm utterly confused. I'm on a dell inspiron 6000, rather new. I really want mandriva 2005 LE installed because i must convince my friend linux is good and so far not so good as i'm stuck at the first step of install. :eek: :(

Then, i search google and i get loads of messages saying the same question, and instead of answers multiple people chime in saying they have the same problem so i couldn't find a fix, i hope someone here knows what to do.

I also read about changing things in the bios but the I6000 has a very limited bios and no settings to change anything about the IDE/sata controllers :(

Well I'd really like any help because i'm sure someone here can help me.
 
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alright, I've been chatting with Xneon about this, I believe that both fedora and Mandriva don't recognize the sata controller/drives associated on the sata controller properly. So booting knoppix to see if it see's the drive propperly, and if it does try to do the install from inside knoppix.
 
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Linux on Laptops lists several instances of Linux being installed on a Dell inspiron 6000.
Sounds like Ubuntu may be the best bet.
I had sata controller issues when I installed Mandriva 2005 le on my server. At the 1st screen on install I pressed F2 and typed linux noapci and it continued without incident and recognized and configured my 2 sata drives.
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boot option didn't work.

I made that decision last night,(k)ubuntu DVD install is almost done downloading.

:D thanx for reassuring me (y)
 

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PS thanx for the wonderful website i'm sure it'll come in handy in the future i'm reading 2 laptops there :)
 

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Ok now having trouble installing KUbuntu :mad: :eek: :(

I'm at [!] Partition Disks

Here you'd guess you select a partition to install linux to. Well i think it can't find any tho it does detect sda.

I try going to Logical Volume Manager ---> No physical volumes (ie partitions) were found on your system.

I am sure I have partitions, 1= Dell diagnostics; 2=WinXP (NTFS) 3=Extended (w/ ext3 "/" partition and "swap" partition) 4=Dell Restore.

Ofcourse I want to install linux in the extended on the ext3 "/" partition, useing "swap" as swap.

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OK all i need to do is use a 2.4 kernel during install. I heard this can't be done with ubuntu but i do hear debian itself you can, and then I could upgrade to 2.6 once the OS is running stable. Then I also heard that you can install mandriva 10.1 using 2.4 kernel and I could upgrade to 10.2 once stable which comes with 2.6.
 
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Do you know of any reason for that?
If it won't install on 2.6, I don't see how its going to run on 2.6.
Sounds like its a problem with the 2.6kernel not having the drivers you need.
 

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IDK som1 said it was an install issue but should work once inside a stable system. Ive g2g scan and do some spyware killing, somehow those *******s managed to get inside my windows box for the first time in 2 years despite my harsh security.
 
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