This is a list of the hardware supported by Red Hat Linux 4.1 for the Intel
platform. If a device does not appear on the list, it is very likely
not to be supported (unless it's covered by a more general
listing, e.g. ``Most IDE/ATAPI CD-ROM drives'').
80386, 80486, Pentium, Pentium Pro, and compatible processors.
ISA, EISA, PCI, VL-Bus.
- RAM (memory)
8 MB minimum (requires a swap partition). 16 MB or more is
recommended for better performance.
- Disk Space
At least 16 MB for swap partition. 40 MB for basic installation
with no X, development tools, or TeX. Up to 500 MB for everything.
3.5 inch high density ``A:'' drive (/dev/fd0).
Almost all IDE and EIDE controllers. Supports up to four IDE
interfaces (8 IDE devices). (However, only two interfaces
are automatically probed for; to use the third and fourth
interfaces, you need to give Linux a special command line at the
boot: prompt. See
/usr/src/linux/Documentation/ide.txt in the
Sony CDU-31A, Sony CDU-33A, Mitsumi, Matsushita, Panasonic,
SoundBlaster, NEC CDR-260 (IDE), LMS/Philips (but see
Unsupported Hardware below),
Backpack CD-ROM, all ATAPI compliant IDE drives, all SCSI drives on
a supported controller.
Adaptec 152x, 154x, 174x, Adaptec 274x, 284x, 294x (AIC7xxx),
Advansys, BusLogic (nearly all, except the ones in
Unsupported Hardware), Future
Domain 8xx, Future Domain TMC-16xx (not including the 1610), NCR
5380, 53C8xx, Pro Audio Spectrum 16, Seagate ST-02, Trantor T128,
T128F, T228, UltraStor, 7000 FASST.
- SCSI drives
all SCSI drives on a supported controller (includes Zip and Jaz
drives, including the parallel-port versions, which use the
ppa SCSI driver).
See the following video hardware lists:
Western Digital 80x3, SMC Ultra, SMC Elite, 3Com 3c509/3c579/3c59x,
3com 3c900/3c905, AT1500, NE1000/2000/2100 and compatibles , DEPCA,
HP PCLAN/AnyLAN, D-Link DE600, AT-LAN-TEC/RealTek, Digital DE4x5,
most, except WinModems (and other modems that require software
drivers for compression, error correction, high-speed operation,
etc.); all features may not be supported.
The PCMCIA-HOWTO lists supported PCMCIA
This list isn't necessarily complete, but it is some of the known
hardware that does not work `out of the box' with
Red Hat Linux/Intel 4.1. Some of it may work with the use of additional
software from other vendors or kernel patches or by building a custom
kernel. For example, IDE/ATAPI tape drives can be supported by
building a custom kernel, and some image scanners can be made to work
through the use of additional software.
Video Cards Supported Only by Metro-X
The following video cards are not supported by the free XFree86 X
server, but are supported by the *MetroLink X Server that ships with
Red Hat Linux/Intel:
- Diamond Stealth 32
- Diamond Viper Pro
- Diamond Viper SE
Hardware You Must Build a Custom Kernel For
Some hardware has (varying degrees of) support in the Linux kernel,
but, for various reasons, that support isn't enabled in out-of-the-box
Red Hat Linux/Intel. In order to use this hardware with Red Hat Linux, you may need
to build a custom kernel. If you do so, we cannot offer you free
technical support for your system. We only offer technical support
for the hardware under `Supported Hardware' above and the kernels we
ship with Red Hat Linux/Intel 4.1.
This list is not necessarily complete.
A custom (and unsupported) kernel must be built in order to support
the following hardware:
- Floppy controller tape drives
- IDE/ATAPI tape drives
- Sound cards
- GoldStar CD-ROMs
- Philips CM205 and 206 CDROM drives
Completely Unsupported Hardware
The following hardware is not supported at all by `out-of-the-box'
Red Hat Linux/Intel 4.1:
- Microchannel-based PCs
- Plug-and-Play (PNP) - must be disabled
- Diamond SpeedStar 24 (and possibly recent SpeedStar+) video
- Parallel-port tape drives
- Parallel-port CDROM drives (other than the Backpack)
- Xircom ethernet cards
- Buslogic Flashpoint 930, 950 SCSI adaptors
- Image scanners
This is presented for those who ask ``What should I get?'' We
recommend hardware based on what we know works.
- The best SCSI controller for good support and ease of operations
is any controller from the Buslogic line except the 930. All other
BusLogic cards should work quite well.
- Good choices for supported ethernet cards are the 3com 3c509 or
- Most Number Nine video cards are good choices for use with
XFree86. The Number Nine 771 is probably ideal for those with a PCI
- At least 16M of RAM for good performance.
If you have a specific question that is not answered by this list
about what hardware works with Red Hat Linux, please email your question to
We'll do our best to answer it. (If you already own Red Hat Linux, and you
have questions about your hardware, please mail your question to
Red Hat Technical Support