I apologize in advance if this is something silly or if it has already been answered. I searched the forum and the internet for hours before posting this. I also ran multiple experiments installing other servers.
I am having trouble doing a clean installation of Ubuntu 11.10 server amd64 on a Dell Precision T5400. The problem is that the partition menu gives me these 3 options:
1. Configure iSCSI volumes
2. Undo changes to partitions
3. Finish partitioning and write changes to disk
There are no options for defining partitions or configuring LVM.
If I choose #1 "iSCSI volumes" it asks me for an initiator. I don't have one. This is a standalone machine on its own network.
If I choose #2 "Undo changes to partitions" it hangs.
If I choose #3 "Finish partitioning ..." it tells me that i don't have a root partition. Which is what I want to create in the first place.
I have two 250GB disks configured in the BIOS for AHCI. The disks (Seagate and Hitachi).
It doesn't matter if I choose RAID or no RAID during the configuration process, I still get the same menu options.
The server installation works correctly on this host for "Ubuntu server 10.04.3 amd64" and "CentOS 5.7" so this may be a problem with 11.10 release. It may also be a subtle problem with my BIOS settings but i have checked everything that i could think of.
For the Ubuntu Server 10.04.3 installation the partitioning menu looks like this (which is what I expected):
1. Guided - use entire disk
2. Guided - use entire disk and set up LVM
3. Guided - use entire disk and set up encrypted LVM
Can anyone suggest how to proceed? I am stuck.