Hey everyone, after beating my head against a wall for the better part of today I'm going to turn to you guys to see if I can't get a lead on my issue.
So, like the topic says, I've got a IBM x3650. Very slick box, but a not so slick RAID controller. I've got a IBM ServeRAID 8k SAS controller in there with three disks contained in a RAID 5 array and another disk for the OS. Now, when I boot off a Woody cd it obviously doesn't detect the RAID controller leaving me with no media that I can partition.
I've been looking all over google for a solution and I see a lot of people in a similar situation as I am, but so far I've not had any luck with the solutions I've tried. The most promising lead seems to be from here: http://mail.kwenie.org/debian/linux-2.4.24.html as it contains the aacraid drivers that I need, however when I boot from this I can add in options at boot time, but from there it does not detect the USB keyboard that I'm using with the system. I'd gladly use PS/2, however the machine does not have any PS/2 ports that I can interface with. Looking at the boot time options, it seems that for a USB keyboard I can issue a "linux keystroke" from the "boot:" line, however this does not get the USB sub-system to respond and allow me to use the USB keyboard, so I can't make any progress.
So, here's where I'm at: I've got a slick expensive box sitting on my desk that I can't make any progress with. So, here I am to see if anyone else has found a work around for this.