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    RE: SuperMicro X7DAL-E Motherboard, want Ubuntu on it
    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. ...as 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: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair 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, Sisyphus
    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.

    ...as 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:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

    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,

    Sisyphus

  • Sisyphus
    RE: SuperMicro X7DAL-E Motherboard, want Ubuntu on it
    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. ...in 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, Sisyphus
    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.

    ...in 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,

    Sisyphus

  • Sisyphus
    RE: SuperMicro X7DAL-E Motherboard, want Ubuntu on it
    Here's the only place that I know of that has Linux drivers for that chipset: http://www.supermicro.com/support/resources/resource_drivers.cfm ...as 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? Thanks, Sisyphus
    Link to this post 23 Feb 13

    Here's the only place that I know of that has Linux drivers for that chipset:

    http://www.supermicro.com/support/resources/resource_drivers.cfm

    ...as 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?

    Thanks,

    Sisyphus

  • Sisyphus
    RE: SuperMicro X7DAL-E Motherboard, want Ubuntu on it
    [quote="mfillpot"]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?[/quote] That's the problem in a nutshell, really. Here's where the drivers are available for Linux: http://www.supermicro.com/support/resources/resource_drivers.cfm ...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, Sisyphus
    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:

    http://www.supermicro.com/support/resources/resource_drivers.cfm

    ...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,

    Sisyphus

  • Sisyphus
    RE: SuperMicro X7DAL-E Motherboard, want Ubuntu on it
    [quote="mfillpot"]I read the entire post and was referring to information from my past experiences. I was referring to the hard drive mode settings that are references on page 4-5 of the manual at http://www.supermicro.com/manuals/motherboard/5000X/MNL-0876.pdf . For example on one of my systems my options for SATA controller mode are Native IDE, RAID and AHCI, If it is set to AHCI then the disk is non-bootable from any OS. Without seeing all of the current options in your bios I cannot recommend anything more specific. As for the theory about having to load drivers that does not seem logical, the reason for this is that the drivers are loaded one the OS has been booted, but you cannot even get to a bootloader to start an OS, so in that case the OS will not even get a chance to load the referenced drivers. If the motherboard still cannot boot from any hard drive after the bios settings have been tested and the bios has been updated I would look into the potential of a faulty HDD or motherboard and test the hard drive on another computer and try another hard drive on that motherboard to determine the root of the problem.[/quote] I didn't mean to imply you didn't read the whole post. Sorry about that. I tried to post this in the Ubuntu forum, and the syntax of that board wouldn't allow me to separate paragraphs, so it was one long, run-on paragraph about 12" long. Oh, also, regarding this: [quote]As for the theory about having to load drivers that does not seem logical, the reason for this is that the drivers are loaded one the OS has been booted,[/quote] ...yes, I needed to boot from Win 7 disc (DVD) before I could install the 5000x chipset drivers. There were over 2-dozen of them. Once I installed those, the PC froze. So, I re-booted from disk, and from there was able to successfully install Win 7 without any changes to the BIOS at all. I've always been able to boot from optical drive, Ubuntu and Win 7, but was not able to boot from HDD until the chipset drivers were installed... exactly what my acquaintance told me would happen. Moreover, I'm just about sure it's nothing to do with any BIOS HDD settings. Considering I just successfully installed Windows 7 on it without any BIOS adjustments... well, I did change the boot order to ONLY include #1: Boot from cd and; #2, boot from the HDD that the OS is installed onto ("C:" drive). However, this is the same boot order I had when I tried to install Ubuntu only and it wouldn't work. The guy who told me about all of this, like, I can't stress enough about his knowledge about computers. He said that there would be a way to install Ubuntu without Windows 7, but that it would be an extremely advanced process, and I might even need to write some of the drivers myself. Since I successfully installed Windows 7 AFTER installing the 5000x chipset drivers, doesn't that show that the problem was the chipset drivers? I searched all over the web for Linux-versions of these drivers and could not find them. I have many HDDs laying around that are all in great shape, so there's no difficulty in pulling out the one with Windows 7 on it, putting in a fresh one, and seeing if I can get Ubuntu to work on it. ...however, I'll need to know how to install the 5000x chipset drivers in order to get it to work. Any idea on where to find these? Supermicro's Website will only supply them for Windows and RedHat. Thank you for the recommendation about the BIOS SATA settings I'll look into it more, but I'm almost positive it's been set to "auto" the whole time. Thanks again for your help. I greatly appreciate it, Sisyphus PS: Is there another PC-friendly version of Linux that might have the 5000x chipset drivers already on the copy? I know RedHat would, but that wouldn't be a PC anymore at that point, and I don't know what I'd do with a server currently.
    Link to this post 21 Feb 13

    mfillpot said:

    I read the entire post and was referring to information from my past experiences.

    I was referring to the hard drive mode settings that are references on page 4-5 of the manual at http://www.supermicro.com/manuals/motherboard/5000X/MNL-0876.pdf . For example on one of my systems my options for SATA controller mode are Native IDE, RAID and AHCI, If it is set to AHCI then the disk is non-bootable from any OS. Without seeing all of the current options in your bios I cannot recommend anything more specific.

    As for the theory about having to load drivers that does not seem logical, the reason for this is that the drivers are loaded one the OS has been booted, but you cannot even get to a bootloader to start an OS, so in that case the OS will not even get a chance to load the referenced drivers.

    If the motherboard still cannot boot from any hard drive after the bios settings have been tested and the bios has been updated I would look into the potential of a faulty HDD or motherboard and test the hard drive on another computer and try another hard drive on that motherboard to determine the root of the problem.


    I didn't mean to imply you didn't read the whole post. Sorry about that.

    I tried to post this in the Ubuntu forum, and the syntax of that board wouldn't allow me to separate paragraphs, so it was one long, run-on paragraph about 12" long.

    Oh, also, regarding this:

    As for the theory about having to load drivers that does not seem logical, the reason for this is that the drivers are loaded one the OS has been booted,

    ...yes, I needed to boot from Win 7 disc (DVD) before I could install the 5000x chipset drivers. There were over 2-dozen of them. Once I installed those, the PC froze. So, I re-booted from disk, and from there was able to successfully install Win 7 without any changes to the BIOS at all.

    I've always been able to boot from optical drive, Ubuntu and Win 7, but was not able to boot from HDD until the chipset drivers were installed... exactly what my acquaintance told me would happen.


    Moreover, I'm just about sure it's nothing to do with any BIOS HDD settings. Considering I just successfully installed Windows 7 on it without any BIOS adjustments... well, I did change the boot order to ONLY include #1: Boot from cd and; #2, boot from the HDD that the OS is installed onto ("C:" drive). However, this is the same boot order I had when I tried to install Ubuntu only and it wouldn't work.

    The guy who told me about all of this, like, I can't stress enough about his knowledge about computers. He said that there would be a way to install Ubuntu without Windows 7, but that it would be an extremely advanced process, and I might even need to write some of the drivers myself.

    Since I successfully installed Windows 7 AFTER installing the 5000x chipset drivers, doesn't that show that the problem was the chipset drivers?

    I searched all over the web for Linux-versions of these drivers and could not find them.

    I have many HDDs laying around that are all in great shape, so there's no difficulty in pulling out the one with Windows 7 on it, putting in a fresh one, and seeing if I can get Ubuntu to work on it.

    ...however, I'll need to know how to install the 5000x chipset drivers in order to get it to work.

    Any idea on where to find these? Supermicro's Website will only supply them for Windows and RedHat.

    Thank you for the recommendation about the BIOS SATA settings I'll look into it more, but I'm almost positive it's been set to "auto" the whole time.

    Thanks again for your help. I greatly appreciate it,

    Sisyphus

    PS: Is there another PC-friendly version of Linux that might have the 5000x chipset drivers already on the copy? I know RedHat would, but that wouldn't be a PC anymore at that point, and I don't know what I'd do with a server currently.

  • Sisyphus
    RE: SuperMicro X7DAL-E Motherboard, want Ubuntu on it
    I believe you're referring to what I mentioned about the way the bios reads the HDD's in my first post. It was a REALLY long post though, so, pretty easy to miss. Do you mean this? "I've messed around a bunch in the BIOS changing boot order, etc., so we can rule that out." ...or is there something more subtle you're referring to? My friend who knows more about PCs than almost anyone said I'd basically need to write the drivers myself if I wanted Ubuntu to work on its own. Thanks for the input... sorry I didn't see your post earlier; I've been having problems with Thunderbird. Cheers, Sisyphus
    Link to this post 20 Feb 13

    I believe you're referring to what I mentioned about the way the bios reads the HDD's in my first post.

    It was a REALLY long post though, so, pretty easy to miss. Do you mean this?

    "I've messed around a bunch in the BIOS changing boot order, etc., so we can rule that out."

    ...or is there something more subtle you're referring to?

    My friend who knows more about PCs than almost anyone said I'd basically need to write the drivers myself if I wanted Ubuntu to work on its own.

    Thanks for the input... sorry I didn't see your post earlier; I've been having problems with Thunderbird.

    Cheers,

    Sisyphus

  • Sisyphus
    SuperMicro X7DAL-E Motherboard, want Ubuntu on it
    Hello future friends! I plan on sticking around on this site for a very long time. I recently encountered Linux Ubuntu and I am in love! I also love how much helpful information there is out there, and how helpful the community is out there as well! Now here's the problem: I format a partition using Ubuntu, I install Ubuntu onto that partition, Ubuntu tells me that it's been successfully installed. However, when I re-boot, it won't boot from HDD. I've messed around a bunch in the BIOS changing boot order, etc., so we can rule that out. I'm pretty sure I know what the problem is; there's some Intel 5000x chipset driver update I need in order to boot from a partition on an HDD. Here's how I know this: The first attempt at installing Ubuntu did what I said earlier; said installation was successful, so I take out the CD, I re-boot the system, and I get the message "No Operating System Found." I talked to someone who knows computers better than most anyone on the planet (...his first PC was a Commodore 64, and he's been a daily PC user since 1979.) and he told me that the problem is the Intel(R) 5000x Chipset driver needs to be installed onto the system in order for it to be able to boot up. So, he told me I should install Windows 7 first, along with the drivers, and run Ubuntu as a virtual machine within Windows. So, begrudgingly, I attempted just that. Windows 7 would allow me to get to the screen where you can install drivers. I put them onto a bootable flash drive, selected all of them, and after about half an hour, some windows pop up saying that so-and-so driver didn't install correctly. So I click and say "OK" to each of those pop-ups. At no point does it actually say that the drivers were installed. Well, it wouldn't let me move on to the next area where I actually install windows. So, after letting it sit overnight running, still no change. I decide to re-boot, without the Windows disk. And guess what? The Ubuntu that I had installed now works! So, my guess is that I somehow managed to install the necessary Intel(r) 5000x chipset drivers, without actually fully installing Windows. I thought, "Great!" But then comes along another problem; I had installed the 32-bit version! I know that 32 will work on both 32 and 64-bit machines, but man, this is a server board made into a personal computer. It has TWO CPUs, both of which are Xeon Dual-Core 3.0 Ghz. This is one serious machine that I acquired, and as such, I most certainly want to be using it with a 64-bit OS. So, I delete everything that I had installed, tried to just install the 64-bit OS, and now I'm right back where I started. You might be thinking, "Well, yeah, stupid, you deleted the drivers making all your previous work wasted!" Well, that's true, but the reason why I went ahead and deleted everything and started over was because - before I half-installed Windows 7 with the 5,000x chipset drivers - I ALSO flashed the BIOS. So, I was thinking that it was the updated BIOS that allowed the Ubuntu OS to work, not the drivers that were somehow installed onto the HDD, even though the Win 7 installation was incomplete. So, now that you guys have all of that background information available, what do you suggest I do? I ultimately want Ubuntu, because it's design is pretty much ideal for what I want to be doing with the computer. I do also want to install Windows 7 on it, and have a multi-boot machine. At the moment though, I'm dead in the water and don't know what to do. Can someone point me in the right direction? I was thinking, maybe I can boot Ubuntu 64-bit from CD, then while connected to the Web, install the necessary drivers. I assume there's a way to do this from the Terminal screen, but I don't know. What should I do, guys and gals? I hope you guys can help me, as I'd love to become an advanced user of Linux someday. All the best folks, Sisyphus PS: Let me know if there's any other information you need. If it matters; yes, the HDD is Serial ATA. The Optical Drive I'm not sure of, let me check... ok yeah, the optical drive is also SATA. The motherboard once again is a SuperMicro X7DAL-E+ with two Intel(R) Xeon 3.0 Ghz CPUs. Also, I've tried multiple HDDs. I'm just about 100% positive this is a driver issue.
    Link to this post 18 Feb 13

    Hello future friends!

    I plan on sticking around on this site for a very long time.

    I recently encountered Linux Ubuntu and I am in love! I also love how much helpful information there is out there, and how helpful the community is out there as well!

    Now here's the problem: I format a partition using Ubuntu, I install Ubuntu onto that partition, Ubuntu tells me that it's been successfully installed. However, when I re-boot, it won't boot from HDD.

    I've messed around a bunch in the BIOS changing boot order, etc., so we can rule that out.

    I'm pretty sure I know what the problem is; there's some Intel 5000x chipset driver update I need in order to boot from a partition on an HDD. Here's how I know this:

    The first attempt at installing Ubuntu did what I said earlier; said installation was successful, so I take out the CD, I re-boot the system, and I get the message "No Operating System Found."

    I talked to someone who knows computers better than most anyone on the planet (...his first PC was a Commodore 64, and he's been a daily PC user since 1979.) and he told me that the problem is the Intel(R) 5000x Chipset driver needs to be installed onto the system in order for it to be able to boot up.

    So, he told me I should install Windows 7 first, along with the drivers, and run Ubuntu as a virtual machine within Windows. So, begrudgingly, I attempted just that. Windows 7 would allow me to get to the screen where you can install drivers. I put them onto a bootable flash drive, selected all of them, and after about half an hour, some windows pop up saying that so-and-so driver didn't install correctly. So I click and say "OK" to each of those pop-ups. At no point does it actually say that the drivers were installed.

    Well, it wouldn't let me move on to the next area where I actually install windows. So, after letting it sit overnight running, still no change. I decide to re-boot, without the Windows disk. And guess what? The Ubuntu that I had installed now works!

    So, my guess is that I somehow managed to install the necessary Intel(r) 5000x chipset drivers, without actually fully installing Windows.

    I thought, "Great!" But then comes along another problem; I had installed the 32-bit version!

    I know that 32 will work on both 32 and 64-bit machines, but man, this is a server board made into a personal computer. It has TWO CPUs, both of which are Xeon Dual-Core 3.0 Ghz. This is one serious machine that I acquired, and as such, I most certainly want to be using it with a 64-bit OS.

    So, I delete everything that I had installed, tried to just install the 64-bit OS, and now I'm right back where I started.

    You might be thinking, "Well, yeah, stupid, you deleted the drivers making all your previous work wasted!"

    Well, that's true, but the reason why I went ahead and deleted everything and started over was because - before I half-installed Windows 7 with the 5,000x chipset drivers - I ALSO flashed the BIOS. So, I was thinking that it was the updated BIOS that allowed the Ubuntu OS to work, not the drivers that were somehow installed onto the HDD, even though the Win 7 installation was incomplete.

    So, now that you guys have all of that background information available, what do you suggest I do?

    I ultimately want Ubuntu, because it's design is pretty much ideal for what I want to be doing with the computer. I do also want to install Windows 7 on it, and have a multi-boot machine.

    At the moment though, I'm dead in the water and don't know what to do.

    Can someone point me in the right direction?

    I was thinking, maybe I can boot Ubuntu 64-bit from CD, then while connected to the Web, install the necessary drivers. I assume there's a way to do this from the Terminal screen, but I don't know.

    What should I do, guys and gals?

    I hope you guys can help me, as I'd love to become an advanced user of Linux someday.

    All the best folks,

    Sisyphus

    PS: Let me know if there's any other information you need. If it matters; yes, the HDD is Serial ATA. The Optical Drive I'm not sure of, let me check... ok yeah, the optical drive is also SATA. The motherboard once again is a SuperMicro X7DAL-E+ with two Intel(R) Xeon 3.0 Ghz CPUs. Also, I've tried multiple HDDs. I'm just about 100% positive this is a driver issue.

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