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I am trying to install either Debian or CentOS on a home server (Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S3). I first tried installing Debian. The whole installation was successful (including grub). But after rebooting, the OS would not boot up. My partition was the default setting for new users:

/dev/sda1 primary
/dev/sda5 logical (swap)

After booting, it gets to Intel Boot Agent and says it can't boot from media. I even tried disabling the DVD drive as a boot option. There is another device listed in boot options but the name is so ambiguous (IBA GE Slot 0200 v1372), I don't even know for sure if it refers to the hard drive.

I then tried CentOS, and the same problem occurred. I have looked around this website, some other StackExchange websites, and also general internet searching, and it seems that my problem is related to the boot process.

My problem is that I just don't know exactly where to begin looking. This is my first time setting up a Linux OS on a physical machine. Am I correct in assuming it is not reaching the BootLoader program properly? Or could this problem be caused by other things (ie, hardware)?

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Sounds stupid, but make sure you're installing the bootloader to /dev/sda. –  Hello71 Apr 29 '12 at 2:05
    
Don't worry, I'm new to this. So it's a valid point to bring up. I actually tried manually installing the bootloader to /dev/sda1after it was not successful with /dev/sda. Any other suggestions? –  penguin egg Apr 29 '12 at 3:35
    
You need to '@' this guy while replying .. but anyway , did you choose to boot from HDD ? –  warl0ck May 29 '12 at 12:27
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Try to disable RAID controller in Advanced BIOS configuration and use standard AHCI or IDE SATA controller. This could help - from the boot menu there's more option including booting from disks.

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Thanks, this was the issue. –  penguin egg Aug 19 '12 at 20:35
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It looks like you need a special driver for the hard disk.

If I google "Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S3 CentOS" the first hit is a link to a whitepaper on CentOS on this server.

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