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Old 04-18-2005, 10:06 AM   #1
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Question Red Hat Enterprise Linux


I am trying to install a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 3 update 3 on an Intel Itanium2 server, but during the installation process the system restarts before disk partitioning. It displays a message that says:

"An error has occured - no valid devices were found on which to create new filesystems. Please check your hardware for the cause of this problem"

I suspect there is something wrong related to disks controllers, drivers.

I tried to do CTRL+ALT+F2 to promt a shell, then I do:

fdisk -l

I get /dev/sda device with the correct size (36 GB) of the disk.
in /dev/sda1 I have an EFI partition (300 MB)

When I try to use parted for making a new partition on /dev/sda It fails with this message:
Error: Device /dev/sda has dodgey geometry

The same occurs with Red Hat Advanced Server 3 update 1.

Can anybody help me?
How can I guess which is the driver or controller that I need?
What is wrong and causes the installation process abort?

Thank you very much.

Last edited by eroski; 04-18-2005 at 11:05 AM.
Old 04-18-2005, 11:33 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to LQ I am also moving this to the Red Hat forum as you should be able to get more directed answers there.
Old 04-18-2005, 12:41 PM   #3
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I'd verify your hardware is configured correctly. Get a gentoo LiveCD and use it to partition. IF that works, see if your red-hat install doesn't go through just fine.


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