RE: Installing 2.6 with Promise's S150 SX4-M SATA card
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joey Hess [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: 22 March 2005 20:46
> To: John Woollatt
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Installing 2.6 with Promise's S150 SX4-M SATA card
> John Woollatt wrote:
> > I'm trying to install sarge (release candidate 2 with 2.6
> kernel) on a
> > PC using Promise's S150 SX4-M SATA RAID controller and three 300G
> > Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 SATA HDDs. There are no other operating
> > systems on the system. I can configure the software in the initial
> > installation phase but when the computer tries to reboot onto the
> > HDD(s) themselves, the computer pauses indefinately with
> the following
> > messages with either LILO or GRUB:
> > * L 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 (several lines worth of 99's)
> > * GRUB loading 1.5, please wait.
> > I'm installing GNU/Linux on the first drive (/dev/sda) of the three
> > drives as I intend to use software raid 5 eventually. I've even
> > initialised the MBR (using 'dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512
> > count=1'). If I install Redhat 9.0 with Promise's Redhat driver or
> > Windows XP, the computer boots up fine.
> > I would appreciate some comments and assistance.
> Try making a small (few hundred megabytes or less) /boot
> partition as the first partition on the drive.
Thanks for the comment but I'd forgotten to mention that I had tried
this already. I'm not an expert in the boot process but is it a corrupt
MBR or is it unable to find the HDD?