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Hrafnin 12-17-2006 02:48 PM

Need help with OS install
Hello, I'm a long-time Slacker and I thought I'd give Ubuntu a try...

I'm trying to install from an Ubuntu 6.06.1 LiveCD, but I'm having trouble. I'm running four 80gig HDs on a RAID0 configuration through the bios. XP pro came pre-installed on the machine, and I don't want to wipe that partition. Here's what I've done so far:
  • I downloaded and installed dmraid. Now it sees my 4 drives as one device under /dev/mapper.
  • I used ntfsresize and then fdisk to make another partition, then I had my 150gig partition for Windows and an empty 175gig for Ubuntu.

I haven't started the install yet, but everything seemed to work fine so far, as I can mount the new drive with no problem from a LiveCD (after installing dmraid every time I boot with the CD, obviously), and it still boot into Windows. I want to make sure I have a few kinks worked out before going ahead, since I don't want to make my system unbootable. I prefer Grub, since it's what I'm familiar with, but any bootloader will work, I just would like to know how to make sure the RAID drivers are loaded after the install. In summation (since I'm somewhat long-winded at times):
  • I have a partition ready for an install, but it's only seen when I load dmraid before starting the install.
  • I want to make sure my bootloader will read the RAID partitions; instead of seeing HD(0,2) as my 3rd physical disk, it should see it as my linux partition (0,0 being NTFS and 0,1 being my swap).

Any ideas?


hob 12-18-2006 05:24 AM

Try the "Alternative" install CD - this gives you a fully functional installer with partitioner etc., rather than the stripped down version that the LiveCD uses.

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