That sounded so easy that I had to give it a try. Unfortunatley for me things didnt go as planned. I downloaded fedora13 live and ran it on my server with the raid, it just hangs as it finishes booting no error msg or anything(if i unplug the adaptec 5805 it boots fine). I tried F12 different problem it just spits an error and wont boot. So i tried ubuntu, that seemed to work first time but it doesnt seem to expose the drives so smartmontools doesnt seem able to work, there is supposed to be a way to set the drives to be exposed but since I am complete noob at linux i have no idea where. So as it stands i'm trying to figure out why fedora 13 wont boot what ver are you using?