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Ok, I know that there is https://askubuntu.com/questions/455511/dual-boot-ubuntu-14-04-and-windows-7-on-fakeraid-installation-error-question-m#new-answer?newreg=f2b8bde40c8947f8ac8e3cedec0d1964 and that that post has some answers for me, but I don't know if it exactly matches what I need help with. I am running on a RAID 0, not sure if it's a Fake RAID or not.

Just to start I am running an Alienware (Dell) M17xR3. It came with Windows 7. Have a RAID 0 array, I think it's a "Fake" RAID, but I know I also have a hardware RAID controller. Previously partitioned and had Ubuntu 13.04 installed, had no issue installing it, creating the partition and installing GRUB. I have since upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro, lost GRUB during the installation, but from the HDD partition size of Windows, I knew my Linux partition was still there. Should have just reinstalled GRUB, but instead tried reformatting the Linux partition and doing a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 x64 and also tried Mint 16 x64 Cinnamon. Exact same installer, and exact same error message, happened after the custom partition section, got just ??????. I don't know if Windows 8 created an EFI/UEFI install, but I'm pretty sure Windows 7 didn't have it.

This is the link to the thread I posted it to: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=164950&e=0

Per that thread it was asked for some terminal outputs to be posted so here they are:

"sudo parted -l" output:

Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk!                           

Error: /dev/sdb: unrecognised disk label                                  

Model: Linux device-mapper (linear) (dm)
Disk /dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p6: 212GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: loop

Number  Start  End    Size   File system  Flags
 1      0.00B  212GB  212GB  ext4


Error: /dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p5: unrecognised disk label   

Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk!                           

Model: Linux device-mapper (linear) (dm)
Disk /dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p3: 758GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: loop

Number  Start  End    Size   File system  Flags
 1      0.00B  758GB  758GB  ntfs


Model: Linux device-mapper (linear) (dm)
Disk /dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p2: 14.2GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: loop

Number  Start  End     Size    File system  Flags
 1      0.00B  14.2GB  14.2GB  ntfs


Model: Linux device-mapper (linear) (dm)
Disk /dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p1: 41.1MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: loop

Number  Start  End     Size    File system  Flags
 1      0.00B  41.1MB  41.1MB  fat16


Model: Linux device-mapper (striped) (dm)
Disk /dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0: 1000GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number  Start   End     Size    Type      File system  Flags
 1      32.3kB  41.1MB  41.1MB  primary   fat16        diag
 2      41.9MB  14.2GB  14.2GB  primary   ntfs         boot
 3      14.2GB  773GB   758GB   primary   ntfs
 4      773GB   1000GB  228GB   extended               lba
 6      773GB   984GB   212GB   logical   ext4
 5      984GB   1000GB  15.7GB  logical


Warning: Unable to open /dev/sr0 read-write (Read-only file system).  /dev/sr0
has been opened read-only.
Model: PLDS DVD+-RW DL-8A4SH (scsi)
Disk /dev/sr0: 1252MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 2048B/2048B
Partition Table: mac

Number  Start  End     Size    File system  Name   Flags
 1      8192B  24.6kB  16.4kB               Apple
 2      171MB  180MB   9306kB               EFI

"sudo blkid" output:

/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs" 
/dev/sda: TYPE="isw_raid_member" 
/dev/sr0: LABEL="Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon 64-bit" TYPE="iso9660" 
/dev/sdb: TYPE="isw_raid_member" 
/dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p1: SEC_TYPE="msdos" LABEL="DellUtility"  UUID="5450-4444" TYPE="vfat" 
/dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p2: LABEL="RECOVERY" UUID="3C9A4EA39A4E5A12"     TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p3: UUID="C614C2E714C2D997" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/mapper/isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p6: UUID="e39970ed-c278-4135-a8fb-3806cd62835b" TYPE="ext4" 

"lsblk" output:

NAME                                   MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE   MOUNTPOINT
sda                                      8:0    0 465.8G  0 disk   
└─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0 (dm-0)     252:0    0 931.5G  0 dmraid 
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p1 (dm-1) 252:1    0  39.2M  0 part   
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p2 (dm-2) 252:2    0  13.2G  0 part   
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p3 (dm-3) 252:3    0 706.4G  0 part   
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p4 (dm-4) 252:4    0     1K  0 part   
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p5 (dm-5) 252:5    0  14.6G  0 part   
  └─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p6 (dm-6) 252:6    0 197.3G  0 part   
sdb                                      8:16   0 465.8G  0 disk   
└─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0 (dm-0)     252:0    0 931.5G  0 dmraid 
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p1 (dm-1) 252:1    0  39.2M  0 part   
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p2 (dm-2) 252:2    0  13.2G  0 part   
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p3 (dm-3) 252:3    0 706.4G  0 part   
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p4 (dm-4) 252:4    0     1K  0 part   
  ├─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p5 (dm-5) 252:5    0  14.6G  0 part   
  └─isw_dcigjjhddj_M17X_RAID0p6 (dm-6) 252:6    0 197.3G  0 part   
sr0                                     11:0    1   1.2G  0 rom    /cdrom
loop0                                    7:0    0   1.1G  1 loop   /rofs

"inxi -b" output:

System:    Host: mint Kernel: 3.11.0-12-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 16 Petra
Machine:   Mobo: Alienware model: M17xR3 version: A08 Bios: Alienware version: A08 date: 07/29/2011
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-2670QM CPU (-HT-MCP-) clocked at 2192.734 MHz 
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller 
           Card-2: NVIDIA GF116M [GeForce GT 560M] 
           X.Org: 1.14.3 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau,intel Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 9.2.1
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet driver: atl1c 
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR93xx Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k 
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (-)
Info:      Processes: 211 Uptime: 20 min Memory: 524.9/7932.9MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4 
  • Were you able to solve this issue? I'm running into the same issue. – DogEatDog Aug 1 '14 at 21:21
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You are trying to install grub in the wrong place. Try to install it in the Ubuntu partition.

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I installed EasyBCD for a similar dual-boot configuration a few years back and I haven't had any issues with it.

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