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Installing CentOs on a HightPoint rocketraid 2320

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I have an raid 5 array of 5 drives that currently has windows on it.  I want to install CentOS on it instead.  The problem I am having is when I boot from the CentOS cd and hit enter to install it brings me to a scrren that says "Unable to find any devices of the type for this instalation type.  Would you liike to manually select your drive or use a driver disk? I did both first I tried to select a driver and selected HighPoint RocketRAID SATA Conroller from the list but it didn't ike that.  I also tried select Use a driver disk and inserded a disk that had the driver downloaded off the HighPoint site.  Both took me to the same error message.  

Any ideas?

Acording the the instruction for CentOS on the highpoint site I shold not get to this message at all.

Could it be because I have a windows install already on the disk.  If so how do I get rid of it?
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No, even if there are data on the disks, Linux MUST be able to see them.
Something that you can do is to load the kernel module manually (to let the RAID controller work with the Kernel).
You can first try to install linux on a secondary HDD (not part of the RAID) and compile the Kernel module as in the readme file included within the drivers. And then test if linux recognizes the adapter.

Otherwise just for fun, try with OpenSUSE (usually it supports a lot of hardware out of the box)




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OK, here is an update.  I am now thinking in may not be the raid controller.  The reason I say this is I still get the same error when I try to load in on a HDD connected directly to the MD when the raid controller is removed.  I am thinking it may have something to do with the MB.  The weird thing is  when I do the install it asks me what type of media has the packages to be installed?  When I select the local CDROM that is when it gives me this message.  When I use this media to load Linux on any other machine is first asks if I west to test the CD media before starting.  This is leading me to believe it is the motherboard it needs the drives for.  The motherboard is a MSI P35 Platinum.  Do you know where I would find Linux drivers for that?
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