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Hello, I am trying to install Red Hat 9 on a Dell Power Edge 2300 but I get the following error message: "No valid devices were found on which to ...
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    Hello,
    I am trying to install Red Hat 9 on a Dell Power Edge 2300 but I get the following error message: "No valid devices were found on which to create new file system. Please check your hardware for the cause of this problem."

    My server has a raid controller (PERC2) and I have downloaded the drivers but when I tell linux to find the drivers it does not like what it sees on my floppy disk. What can I do to get Red Hat installed?

    Please help.

    Thank you,

    p.s. I'm new to Linux but I've been working with PCs for a long time so be gentle.

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    I think your best bet would be to upgrade to Fedora 5 or something else...redhat 9 is old, unsupported and doesnt have alot of new drivers and so forth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marequi
    What can I do to get Red Hat installed?
    Short answer: most likely you need more recent version of RH, which comes with SCSI divers on the installation CD.
    To try if even the latest RH would work on that hardware, install CentOS , which is a current free rebuild of the actual RH.

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    I downloaded CentOS and I had the same problem (No drives found). I'm running out of options here. Why is this so complicated? I have the RAID drives on floppy disk but the system won't recognize them. I have tried at least 4 flavors of Linux non of them work. When I tried to put Windows on the system I was able to see my hard disks. What can I do?

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by marequi
    I downloaded CentOS and I had the same problem (No drives found). I'm running out of options here. Why is this so complicated? I have the RAID drives on floppy disk but the system won't recognize them. I have tried at least 4 flavors of Linux non of them work. When I tried to put Windows on the system I was able to see my hard disks. What can I do?

    Thanks again
    Heya marequi,
    Check out this link, it may help solve your problem.
    see post #7
    try to install using the linux -noprobe
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    PE 2300 is not even on RH support list. It's RAID controller seems to be not supported in Linux (ask hardware manufacturer "why"). I would try disabling hardware raid, and see if RH sees the hard drives. If does, then you can create software raid using RH installer.
    Maybe thiis will work.

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    No Valid Drives found

    That worked!! running the installation with NOPROBE fixed my problem. Thank you very much.

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