P5GD1 CD booting & linux followup
I had just decided it was impossible to boot from an internal CD drive that Linux would recognise, but for some reason I decided to try again.
There are many possible combinations of settings that can be tried with this mobo:
- Upper or lower IDE connectors
- Master or slave
- "Enhanced" or "Compatible" IDE mode
- "PATA+SATA", "SATA", and "PATA" modes
- ITE IDE controller "enabled" or "disabled", and if enabled, "quick" or "normal" detection mode
Well, I found a configuration that would let me install Kubuntu 5.10 on a "regular" IDE hard disk. I could not install Fedora Core 4 under the following configuration; a kernel panic occurs in FC4 during the kernel init process.
- IDE hard disk as primary master (attached to upper connector)
- CD/DVD drive as primary slave
- "Enhanced" mode, subtype "SATA"
- ITE can be enabled or disabled. If enabled, drives attached to the lower connector will work in Windows once a special driver is installed. However, as far as I can tell, Linux cannot use these "ITE" devices (lower connector) under any circumstances.
- Also, a SATA hard drive was attached, although this is probably irrelevant to whether it works or not.