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SuperMicro X7DAL-E Motherboard, want Ubuntu on it

Link to this post 23 Feb 13

mfillpot said:

Thank you for the response, I will try to follow up on your lead.

I have reviewed the kernel I have installed (3.7.1) and can see that the listed chipset is supported, but the EDAC is disabled on my system. Can you please point to the site where the drivers where available for Linux systems?

That's the problem in a nutshell, really.

Here's where the drivers are available for Linux:

...but they're only available for linux

If I have Windows 7 installed on the SAME HDD that I have Ubuntu installed on, I'm able to boot into Ubuntu.

If I don't have Windows 7 installed... with the chipset driver updates installed, then it will not boot either Windows & nor Ubuntu.

You said your Kernel supports the 5000x chipset. What version of Linux are you running?

I might be able to simply make a dual-boot system with both that version and Ubuntu, and be able to boot up Ubuntu just fine that way.

Just some food for thought.

Thanks again for all your help,


Link to this post 23 Feb 13

Here's the only place that I know of that has Linux drivers for that chipset: you'll see, it's only supported through RedHat. I'm not sure if that's an issue.

Also, can I update the Kernel Version during the installation of Ubuntu?



Link to this post 24 Feb 13

I am running Slackware-current, but I don't think that matters much since the support for that chipset and EDAC module were introduced in 2007 and pushed to stable shortly after. In addition I did a huge search on the net about that board and found the minimum kernel version in the Debian HCL ( which is what ubuntu is based on, so it still applies. In my search I did not find any other people reporting the same issues with the system, just a lot of hardware issues.

Have you tried swapping the HDDs and connected mobos as previously suggested? I am very curious about the outcome.

Link to this post 26 Feb 13

I have used multiple HDDs, yes.

I've also done re-installs as well. Currently, there are two identical versions of Ubuntu 12.10 installed on the PC, both on different HDDs. One is an old 500GB Samsung. The other is a 1TB Barracuda that was taken out of the box only months ago.

There's definitely a GRUB problem, but I don't know why. The GRUB will (sort of) pop up when booting from disc but not from HDD.

I recently discovered the SuperGrub2Recovery bootable disc but have not had a chance to try it out. I haven't been able to try it out, because when I boot from the GrubRecovery disk the damned alarm goes off on the PC non-stop and so I was ordered to turn the PC off by the other people in my apartment at the time.

When I flashed the BIOS it did something similar. I guess server boards like to sound their alarms for no good reason. It wouldn't be such a nuisance if it weren't SOOOOOOO amazingly loud. Like, ears-ringing loud.

So, as soon as I'm by myself in my apartment with a pair of earplugs, I'll run the GRUB2Recovery disk, and see if that can fix the matter. the meantime, any ideas?

Thanks again for all your help. I think we're getting close. The #ubuntu-beginners chat has also helped.

Take care,


Link to this post 27 Feb 13

OK, so I used the SuperGRUB2Recovery disc, and I'm able to boot into either of the Ubuntu partitions! Yay!

...however, I am unable to get the GRUB2 to work WITHOUT first using the GRUB2 recovery disc.

I'm currently trying boot-repair... but I'm trying it from within the partition itself, not booting from a live CD. such, I've been stuck on "...scanning systems. This may take several minutes" for about an hour now. I'm thinking I should run boot-repair from a live CD, as per recommendation on the Website here:

Also, I updated the Kernel to the same version you have, so that's definitely not the problem.

...I could just cut the BS and install Ubuntu as a Virtual Machine in Windows 7. I am aware of this, but I don't WANT to do that.

I basically want Ubuntu to be the primary OS, and Win 7 secondary, and only when necessary.

Well, I'll report back with what happens when I use boot-repair from a live CD.

Thanks again for the help,


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