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Topic # 30270 3-Feb-2009 14:19
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Hello!

I'm looking at this SATA controller from Dick Smith here. It's cheap, but the online docs only talk about Windows. Does anyone have any experience running this one under Linux? Ubuntu, specifically? If so, how well does it work?

And what other places besides DSE could you recommend for more specialized hardware purchases here in New Zealand?

Thank you very much...

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  Reply # 193700 3-Feb-2009 14:35
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I get a lot of stuff online from www.ascent.co.nz.

There's also places like PB Technology, which have stores in Auckland and Wellington, as well as online shops at www.pbtech.co.nz

Can't really comment on Auckland, but here in Wellington you could go to Quay Computers on Lambton Quay, www.quay.co.nz I think.  Or Atech down by New World Chaffers - www.atech.co.nz.

If you're happy using the web to buy stuff, pop a search in www.pricespy.co.nz to get comparative pricing from loads of online NZ shops.

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  Reply # 193701 3-Feb-2009 14:43
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Here are a few of the ones on offer at Ascent, they have reviews on some of them so maybe check those to see about linux compatibility:

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=350992
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=355775
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=352509
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=354421
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=354417
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=359940

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  Reply # 193705 3-Feb-2009 14:57
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foobar: Hello!

I'm looking at this SATA controller from Dick Smith here. It's cheap, but the online docs only talk about Windows. Does anyone have any experience running this one under Linux? Ubuntu, specifically? If so, how well does it work?

And what other places besides DSE could you recommend for more specialized hardware purchases here in New Zealand?

Thank you very much...

DSE have a great returns policy - get it - try it - if it doesnt work, take it back...?







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  Reply # 193709 3-Feb-2009 15:09
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tonyhughes:
DSE have a great returns policy - get it - try it - if it doesnt work, take it back...?


Out of curiosity would that be the case for an item that does technically work, but doesn't work in the way the customer wants it to?  I guess if they're not strictly saying in the product detail "not compatible with linux" or vice versa, then they probably can't deny the customer the chance to try it?

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Reply # 193717 3-Feb-2009 15:25
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It's unconditional. You get the item, use it and have the right to return it, no questions asked.

I only had to use it once really and didn't a have problem.

For people reading here, I'd suggest you be a tidy person and keep boxes, plastic covers and manuals because who really would like to get back something without any of these? Just for consideration for the next customer really - the same one you would expect others to show you.




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  Reply # 193728 3-Feb-2009 16:24
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freitasm: It's unconditional. You get the item, use it and have the right to return it, no questions asked.

I only had to use it once really and didn't a have problem.

For people reading here, I'd suggest you be a tidy person and keep boxes, plastic covers and manuals because who really would like to get back something without any of these? Just for consideration for the next customer really - the same one you would expect others to show you.


yes, DSE are pretty good.  I bought their house brand DVD recorder, found there were some really annoying flaws, took it back after a couple of weeks, and changed it for a Phillips, changed it without fuss, especially as everything was still in good condition.

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  Reply # 198999 3-Mar-2009 16:42
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...this SATA controller from Dick Smith here. It's cheap, but the online docs only talk about Windows...


Usually DSE products have been labelled when Linux compatible, but maybe they dropped that practice.  Did you try asking the staff?  Occassionally they still bother to employ people with a little more knowledge than just operating the till... but that seems to be going out of fashion now.

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