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Debian Lenny R710 H700 RAID5 can't find /root to mount

I am trying to install Debian 5.0.8 (Lenny) on a R710 with 6 x 600GB Hitachi drives configured from the factory as RAID5 with a H700 controller.  The drives show up in the Crtl-R accessed application as two virtual drives, 1.9TB and 1.1TB.  During the Lenny installer partition the drives show up again as 1.9 and 1.1 TB.  I partitioned the 1.9TB with 7GB /root, 10GB /home, 10GB /var, all as ext3, and 10GB swap as swap.  Using the Grub legacy bootloader, it can't mount the /dev/

Here's the grub install syslog:

 

Mar 25 22:52:35 grub-installer: info: Installing grub on '(hd0)'
Mar 25 22:52:35 grub-installer: info: grub-install supports --no-floppy
Mar 25 22:52:35 grub-installer: info: Running chroot /target grub-install --no-floppy --recheck "(hd0)"
Mar 25 22:52:35 grub-installer: You shouldn't call /sbin/grub-install. Please call /usr/sbin/grub-install instead!
Mar 25 22:52:35 grub-installer:
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Searching for GRUB installation directory ...
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: found: /boot/grub
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Installation finished. No error reported.
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: This is the contents of the device map /boot/grub/device.map.
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Check if this is correct or not. If any of the lines is incorrect,
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: fix it and re-run the script `grub-install'.
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer:
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: (hd0) /dev/sdb
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: (hd1) /dev/sdc
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: info: grub-install ran successfully
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Searching for GRUB installation directory ...
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: found: /boot/grub
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Searching for default file ...
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: found: /boot/grub/default
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Testing for an existing GRUB menu.lst file ...
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer:
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer:
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Warning: ignoring deprecated -y option.
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer:
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Generating /boot/grub/menu.lst
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Searching for splash image ...
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: none found, skipping ...
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.26-2-amd64
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: Updating /boot/grub/menu.lst ...
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer: done
Mar 25 22:52:36 grub-installer:

Prior to this I had the same error as below with 'sdb1' instead of the 'sdb'. This was the install generated value. I tried changed menu.lst and /etc/fstab to change /dev/sdb1 to /dev/sdb .
When I reboot:
...
Begin: waiting for root file system
...
mount: mounting /dev/sdb on /root failed: no such device
<then the rest of the mounts fail similarly.
Could not mount /root file system

The RAID5 appears as sdb(1.9TB) and sdc(1.1TB). sda is a USB stick. What am I doing wrong so that the drive is not recognized during boot.
Thanks!


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fortnersprint
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Re: Debian Lenny R710 H700 RAID5 can't find /root to mount

Reposting the last bit after the install output (as it was clipped).

Prior to this I had the same error as below with 'sdb1' instead of the 'sdb'.  This was the install generated value.

I tried changed menu.lst and /etc/fstab to change /dev/sdb1 to /dev/sdb . 
When I reboot:
...
Begin: waiting for root file system
...
mount: mounting /dev/sdb on /root failed: no such device
<then the rest of the mounts fail similarly.
Could not mount /root file system

The RAID5 appears as sdb(1.9TB) and sdc(1.1TB).  sda is a USB stick. 

What am I doing wrong so that the drive is not recognized during boot.
Thanks!

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fortnersprint
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Re: Debian Lenny R710 H700 RAID5 can't find /root to mount

The problem was the automatic detection of a USB key drive holding additional required files during the installer operation.  The USB was detected as /dev/sda and seemed to have messed up the GRUB settings.  Inserting the USB only during the request for the the Broadcom NetXtremeII Linux Driver bnx2. Removing the USB immediately afterwards and before the partition step seemed to have solved the problems.

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