error formatting raid on install with cent os5.5 and ubuntu sever 10.10

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – i have a dell server. its a couple of years old and has a perc 4 raid controller in it. When i do an install it shows the drives configured in the raid 5 configuration. i select the disk and do an auto partition. It goes for about 10min then errors with "error formatting drive volgoup00\ the error is serious occurred press enter to reboot" or something like that can remember all the words. It doesn't give any info about the error. i get the same error on centOs 5.5 and Ubuntu server 10.10 There is a firmware update for the raid controller that i could apply but dell's site was not (HowTos)