Bug#489778: Experienced this also
I have also experienced this.
I have a Supermicro system running on an X5DL8-GG motherboard with the
2010S Zero Channel RAID card. The RAID is successfully built in the ZCR
card's own BIOS and reports as 'Optimal.'
I have installed successfully installed and re-installed a clean Etch on
this system multiple times over the last couple weeks (Re-installed
because I changed my mind about putting everything in one partition, later
decided that the /usr partition was too small, vacillated back and forth
between Etch and Lenny, typical things like that.)
When everyting is installed on one partition, I have not seen the error.
When installed on multiple partitions, I either do or do not.
Today, I used the default multiple partition choice (/usr /var /home ) and
did receive the error.
Yesterday, I created partitions manually /boot / /usr /tmp /var /home
/data and did not.
Today, I created what I thought were the same partitions, but gave /usr an
extra GB and did.
These last two cases are the most interesting, and makes me wonder if
there may be something related to the choice of Primary vs. Logical
The only evidence I have been able to gather so far is that when the error
occurs and I boot from the Etch install CD in rescue mode, an fdisk will
report that 'Entries in the partition table are out of order' and that if
I boot into a live DSL or Knoppix CD I will see that there is not a
/dev/sda but rather a /dev/i2o/sda