Neil Bird's picture

Ok, so I can test install within virtualbox, but when I try to install on my older dell server I get some strange issues showing up.

1. I needed to remove the SCSI card to be able to boot to either the live CD or the install mode.

- this is not an issue as I don't need or care for the tape drive.

2. When I get through I am unable to see partition infromation at all.  The only indication that there is something wrong (that I can see) is the following.  The controller is identified, I have re-created the partitions and raid as there was a Free-NAS installation previously

- Driver "sr" needs updating ... use bus_type method  (as close as i can remember)

I believe it is simply a driver specific:

CERC ata100 raid controller (lsi logic megaraid) installed with currently a raid5 of three 160GB ATA drives.

P4 2.4, 512 mb ECC DDR

I am installing from a DVD-R... I don't suspect this is the issue, but hey, may as well let you know.

This happens on three different appliances, so I suspect it is a global item although I have stopped short of trying to install the TKCore version.

Although I am new here, I did take a run through previous posts, I did not see anything that would help, sorry if there is something I missed.

I guess the time has come for my question... What is the best way to install the drivers, or manualy set partitions.  Any buttons are missing, and during the steps to select partitions, there are two emply lines.

Please forgive me, I am somewhat new to *nix installs so I am learning as I go here.


Regards, Neil.


I think it's related to

which confuses me.

I have posted new topic here as well.  If you have  solution please let me know, otherwise watch my thread too.



Liraz Siri's picture

All appliances have the same installation system (based on Core) so it's not surprising that if you have trouble installing one you'll have trouble with all of them.

I'm guessing this is some kind of hardware compatibility issue, in which case it would help to boot into Live / demo mode and attach the /var/log/dmesg file to your post. That file should contain information regarding the drivers loaded.

OTOH, if its a partitioning issue you might want to test replacing the hard drive with an unpartitioned one, or just deleting all of the partitions on your hard drive (if you can do that). Debugging this is going to be hard by remote so you'll have to experiment a bit and try to isolate what's going on.

Neil Bird's picture

I know what the controller is... Dell CERC ATA controller.  I tried the same installs on a Dell server with a PERC SCSI controller and it did not like that either.  Installing on bare IDE drives is ok.

I would like to use the hardware RAID on the cards, but if that is not possible I will work around that.

When I get a moment, I will try again to boot the live install.  As for partitioning.  I have to constuct the raid at the controller level and did not add partitions, however when I get to the screen to select/approve the partitions, the lines are blank.  I will try to get a screen capture to explain.  As a curiosity, are there any built in driver support for raid cards? or is that not added to keep the distros small?

Will post back this weekend when I get a chance to try some experimenting.


Neil Bird's picture

Just looked at, thanks for the link.

If I am not mistaken I might be looking at another similar issue, but I have the current appliances, so I suspect I have the correct bug fixed builds.  I don't even see the options for partitioning, they are simply blank lines where I expect to see someting... and of course they don't respond to being selected :)

nbctcp's picture


I have the same issue like above. I am trying to install "Turnkey File Server" into iSCSI disk provided by VMWare ESX.

On the last section, it just stop. With error "use bus_type method"

No problem at all with SATA disk.



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