cannot install lenny amd64 on 2950

ronreg at ronreg at
Wed Feb 18 10:13:28 CST 2009

Lenny i386 isn't working either.  Install appears to complete OK, but
the bootloader never starts on reboot.  Again, running grub manually
from Knoppix is no help - grub can't find the disk.

I'm going to try zeroing the disk (dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda) using


2009-02-18_08:43:55-0500 ronreg at
> Hi all,
> I am trying to install the amd64 version of Debian Lenny 5.0 on a
> Poweredge 2950.  It appears that neither the grub nor lilo boot loaders
> will install properly.  I am using a PERC 5/i controller, w/ a RAID 1 OS
> partition over two 146GB SAS disks.  I also have a RAID 10 partition
> over 4 1TB SATA disks, if that makes any difference.
> My controller is running DELL's latest firmware (as of this date).  I've
> tried using Knoppix to install grub on the mbr manually, but grub can't
> find the disks.  I.e., if I run grub, and do 'root (hd0), find
> /grub/stage1', it cannot (I have a /boot partition on (hd0)).
> Otherwise, the install does complete.  The partitions I specified are
> properly created, and contain the data that they should.  It's just the
> boot loaders that are giving me problems.
> Because grub is never able to identify the disk, I'm suspecting the
> problem lies with the Perc 5/i bios, but I'd be happy to be disabused of
> that notion.
> I'm going to try the i386 version of Lenny next, but that is not where
> I'd like to end up.
> -- 
> Ron Peterson
> Network & Systems Manager
> Mount Holyoke College
> -
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