I've been seeking help for a while; I'm trying to install a linux distribution (tried Mandriva 2008, Ubuntu 7.10, Fedora 8) on my current laptop.
All is good. Well, except that the laptop is using a SATA RAID 0 mirroring array of hard drives. Following various guides around the internet, I still did not manage to pull it out.
Basically I have two 250 GB hard drives in a RAID 0 array, with one lonely NTFS partition with Windows XP that I can eventually resize. Each of these hard drive have a 16 char serial number (I don't think that matters, but hey) and boots/works correctly under Windows.
The RAID is BIOS-driven, I suppose (since there is a RAID option in the BIOS). Windows reports a Intel 82801GHM SATA RAID controller.
When trying to install, and using any kind of dmraid command (dmraid -r, dmraid -ay, whatever), dmraid doesn't like that and spouts the following.
ERROR: isw: Error finding disk table slot for /dev/sda
ERROR: isw: Error finding disk table slot for /dev/sdb
No RAID disks
Ubuntu recognizes two hard drives and Fedora kindly asks me if I want to delete all the data I have on the two hard drives (proper intel tells me the same thing as in the quote above).
It's probably a hardware incompatibility, but I don't want to give up on Linux yet, so I'm asking here. Already performed regular Ubuntu installations, and I have a medium knowledge of Linux (enough to vim up C files before recompiling them).
BONUS QUESTION: Is it possible to use the distribs on an external hard drive, even if the raid is not properly recognized?