I just bought an 8400 and tried to install Core 2, and I kept getting an error saying "no hard drive found." Apparently there are issues installing Linux on an sata hard drive. I tried to install Suse also with no luck.
I saw on Dell forum that to be able to detect HDD on linux you need to change the bios setting to RAID/SATA. I can't check this at the moment (I am at work ). I will try it tonight. If someone can try this let me know.
the setting is at the enf of the drive setting. This is working for HDD not working in RAID. I try to configure a raid now but I can't install any linux distrib. no hard disk detected. Has someone tried this?