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    Cannot install with a raid driver in MBR

    For some reason, it seems that i cannot install ubuntu properly into a system which has a prioprietary raid driver installed into the MBP by the windows installer.

    Hardware Info:
    ABIT P965 Pro motherboard, Core 2 duo 1.86 Ghz CPU

    Steps followed:
    1. Install Windows XP Pro, including the prioprietary JMicron RAID driver (via floppy disk in the windows installer) onto partition 1, which occupies 1/2 of the drive.

    2. Install Ubuntu onto partitions 2(swap)/3(ext3) which occupy the rest of the drive

    At this point, I can boot Ubuntu, but can not boot windows anymore. I get an error about some part of the ntkernel not being found in the "Windows boot drive>system32" directory. I don't have the exact error, as I've had to redo my installation since.

    Once I redid my installation, I have also tried to do an installation inside windows, so as not to affect the MBR. However, when I try to boot to ubuntu, it is not able to succesfully boot (again, i don't have the exact error message, but i could reinstall and try again to get the error message).

    It seems that either grub or ubuntu itself is not dealing well with raid drivers installed into the MBR.

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    Re: Cannot install with a raid driver in MBR


    Dr. Fernando Duran Dollenz
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    Re: Cannot install with a raid driver in MBR

    My real concern is that I'm not actually booting to a RAID drive. I'm trying to use the RAID as a data drive, and keep the two operating systems on the main drive.

    However, in order to even install windows xp, i needed to install that driver from the floppy disk in the MBR via the xp installer.

    And as I said earlier, grub overwrote that, and xp fails to boot. It's not that linux is not seeing the drive, it's that windows can't boot anymore.

    As an alternative, i tried the "Install Inside Windows" option, and ubuntu won't event boot in that case.

    Not that i can't execute the instructions given in the posts, but half the point of ubuntu is to make linux easy to deal with for the masses. Try getting a linux newbie to understand, much less execute, these instructions.

    Isn't there any way that ubuntu can install itself on a physical partition, without altering the MBR, and configure the windows boot loader to start it up?

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    Re: Cannot install with a raid driver in MBR

    You can install Grub to its own partition and later boot it with Super Grub: http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzo...bdiskpage.html

    Dr. Fernando Duran Dollenz
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