Gary Jarrel garyjarrel at
Thu Jun 29 03:52:39 UTC 2006

Ran into a similar issue when using SATA drives on a motherboard RAID
ports, when the setting in the bios for the SATA RAID was set to RAID
mode (even though no RAID array was every defined), the controller was
assuming that each drive was part of a stripped array hence with two
drives connected on separate channels the controller was showing them
as 2 separate striped arrays (it's a interesting concept - an array
with one disk). None the less I disabled the RAID functionality in the
BIOS - setting the controller to act as an extra SATA controller and
not a RAID controller and hte lockup problems at startup during
install were solved.

Might be of some use to try!


On 6/29/06, Dana J. Laude <kc9aae at> wrote:
> On Wednesday 28 June 2006 16:01, Craig Jackson wrote:
> <snip>
> > That one rings a bell...
> > Unfortunately, I could never manage to install Breezy or Dapper in my
> > brother's box, which has a similar configuration (AMD64, SATA disks,
> > nForce4 chipset, Asus MB).
> >
> > Both Breezy and Dapper die starting EVMS. I Googled a couple of times
> > about it, asked in #ubuntu... and never got/found what the problem
> > is.
> >
> > At last both my brother and I got tired of trying, gave up, and
> > installed FC4, which could see the disks and boot as expected. Same
> > goes for FC5 (my brother tried it a couple of weeks ago).
> >
> > I'm almost sure that the problem has to do with EVMS + SATA + nForce4
> > (as Fedora doesn't ship with evms) and/or some kernel patch that
> > Fedora has and Ubuntu doesn't. But I couldn't figure it out :(
> >
> > If you manage to get it working... I'd be interested to know about
> > your findings!
> I'm sure this is a motherboard / chipset / bios / driver problem.
> Now, I've never personalley owned a SATA drive yet.. saying that I have
> read some comments on newegg about only having ONE SATA drive works on
> installing the OS then connecting the other afterwords.? Also worth
> noting is it should be hooked up to the 1st SATA drive cable.
> Might be worth a try.
> Dana
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