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Haiiii i buy new compaq laptop.....i have os vista....i want linux....but hard disk is not detecting.what i want to do...

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  • Dave Harris
    Dave Harris May 11, 2010

    The computer probably has an SATA disc and the Linux system you are trying to use doea not natively support SATA discs so you will need a driver for it. You will need to put the driver on a floppy disc and load it when the installer boots - read the instructions for the installer. The latest versions of Linux distributions should support SATA drives natively, without you having to do this. For example, try Ubuntu 8.10.

    A less satisfactory alternative is to go into the BIOS and see if there is an option to make SATA discs look like IDE, EIDE or PATA discs to the rest of the system

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I agree with the advice above but I also think that it would be a good idea to download and run a live CD. If you don't know what that is then type in "live CD" in google and it will show you a lot of sites where you can download a lot of linux's free of charge to install on a live cd. The best thing about a live cd is that you can run it directly from the cd first and see if it works with your computer first before you try to install it. Let me know if that works out for you.

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