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Fedora 13 - "Can't mount root filesystem" with hardware RAID-5

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I'm new to Linux and trying to install Fedora 13 on an older system with hardware RAID-5 (Dell PERC 2).  After booting up the CD I select the default option to install and got the following error:

Can't mount root filesystem
Boot has failed, sleeping forever

Is this error similar to Window's BSOD due to lack of RAID driver loaded with F6?
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ashwin42 earned 500 total points
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This problem is because the raid drivers are not present.

You can work around this problem by compiling a kernel with megaraid drivers and installing the kernel on to this machine.

It will boot correctly after that.
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If the system is old enough to have a PERC 2 controller and you are just learning Linux, you might consider installing CentOS 5 instead.  It's an older (but stable and supported) release which will have the driver you need for that hardware.

Otherwise, ashwin42 is correct.  You'd need to compile a driver for your hardware.  It's part of the megaraid legacy drivers.
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