Installing Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition on Asus with Promise SuperTrak SX6000

Here are some of my experiences with the installation of Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition on an old Asus PC with Promise SuperTrak SX6000 RAID Controller. I had two disks connected to the RAID controller.

Installation process went smooth until the point where Grub was supposed to bee installed. At this point I had to continue the installation without bootloader – and of course booting from my disk failed. After searching a bit I found this page describing how to recover after a Windows installation. I downloaded a copy of Ubuntu Desktop Edition and booted from the CD. I followed the guide to the point where I did:

sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/root /dev/i2o/hda

This procedure left me with no menu.lst (I guess be course Grub was never installed) in the directory /boot/grub – this one I had to create it manually:

default 0
timeout 5

title Ubuntu Server
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-server root=/dev/i2o/hda1
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-server

Very simple it seams – and it is – I will spare you the details of my trouble with my disk failure, lack of CPU-power and memory...

In my search for help I also found this page describing how to boot using Grub.

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