Feedback on the IBM x3100 M4

Asked by Parveen on 2015-07-09

I am unable to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on IBM x3100 M4.
Even after the successful installation its not booting up. :( :( messed up with this.
Can anybody help me pls ?

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Jeff Lane (bladernr) said : #1

Jeff Lane suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #1945: “Where can I get help or technical support?”.

Jeff Lane (bladernr) said : #2


Please check that faq for some good venues for getting specific technical support for your problems installing on that system.

As a hint, if you happen to be using onboard SATA raid, it is likely that is the problem as those types of RAID devices tend to not work very well with Linux as they are very driver dependent for RAID support.

Try turning off any onboard RAID and re-install.
If you MUST use RAID, try either setting up Software RAID during the install, or adding a hardware RAID card to control your onboard hard disks.

Parveen (parveen-pk87) said : #3

Thanks for your reply !
Yes you are absolutely right its just happening because of RAID.
Can you please give me a hint how to install RAID.
or How i can turn off RAID.

Parveen (parveen-pk87) said : #4

Can you please give me a hint how to install RAID.
or How i can turn off RAID.

Parveen (parveen-pk87) said : #6

While inserting IBM installation guide there are only Windows Operating Systems are listed in list box.
But how can i install any other operating without any error.
Is there any software made for Linux to manage the RAID Installation ????

Jeff Lane (bladernr) said : #7

You have one of three options:

1: No RAID. Turn off onboard SATA RAID. (You should do this anyway, it doesn't work)

2: Hardware RAID: You will need to install and configure a PCIe hardware raid card, connect the hard disks and configure it.
Installation on this should be pretty easy.

3: Software RAID.
You will need to manually install, do manual partitioning, create RAID partitions and then create RAID volumes.

I would suggest reading the Server Guide for more information on this:

Parveen (parveen-pk87) said : #8

Thanks again for reply Jeff Lane
I don't want to configure RAID on Ubuntu.
But i am unable to find any option in bios which can make RAID off.
Can you tell how i can disable the RAID.

Best Jeff Lane (bladernr) said : #9

I cannot. Please join the forums in the FAQ I provided earlier and ask there.

I don't have ax x3100 to look at and am not completely familiar with that model's config utilities.

I will say that if it's not in the BIOS, then maybe there's a RAID config option that appears during POST. But I really can't say for sure.

Consult the user guide for the X3100 M4 for more information on how to configure your system.

Parveen (parveen-pk87) said : #10

okay thank you a lot!
I am going to explore the user guide,
Hope so something will there to resolve my problem.