CentOS 5 :: Installing The SATA RAID Controller?
Mar 19, 2009
I'm working on a new server and it has an Nvidia SATA array controller with 2 250Gb SATA drives configured in a hardware array. When the first screen comes up I'm entering the option Linux DD for it to prompt me for the drivers but nothing ever happens. The screen says that it's loading a SATA driver for about 15 minutes and then the screen clears and has a plus sign cursor on a black screen. What am I doing wrong? The only driver that came with the HP server are for Redhat 4 and 5 and SUSE, will any of those actually work?
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Feb 5, 2010
I forced my workplace to forgo windows and opt for linux for web and mail server. I'm setting up Centos 5.4 on it and I ran into a problem. The server machine is a HP Proliant DL120 G5 (quad core processor, 4GB Ram, two SATA drives, 150GB each attached to the hardware RAID Controller on board). RAID is enabled in the BIOS.I pop in the Centos disk and go through the installation process.
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Feb 15, 2009
When I get to the stage where I partition my hard drive,it is showing one hard drive, not as traditional sda.but as mapper/ddf1_4035305a86a354a45.I looked around and figured that I need to give Centos the raid drivers. I downloaded it from:
I follow the instructions and download the aarahci-1.4.17015-1.rhel5.i686.dd.gz file and unzipped it using gunzip. Then on another nix system, i do this:
dd if=aarahci-1.4.17015-1.rhel5.i686.dd of=/dev/sdb bs=1440k Note that I am using a usb floppy drive, hence the sdb. After that, during centos setup, i type: linux updates dd
It asks me where the driver is located. I tell it and the installation continues in the graphical mode. But I still get mapper/ddf1_4035305a86.a354a45 as my drive. I tried to continue to install centos on it. It was successfull but when i do a "df -h" it gives me /dev/mapper/ddf1_4035305a86......a354a45p1 as /boot
/dev/mapper/ddf1_4035305a86......a354a45p2 as /
/dev/mapper/ddf1_4035305a86......a354a45p3 as /var
/dev/mapper/ddf1_4035305a86......a354a45p4 as /external
/dev/mapper/ddf1_4035305a86......a354a45p5 as /swap
/dev/mapper/ddf1_4035305a86......a354a45p6 as /home
Well i know why it's giving these, because i set it up that way, but i was hoping it would somehow change to the normal /dev/sda, /dev/sdb. That means that the driver i provided did not work. I have another IBM server (5U) with raid scsi drive and it shows the usual /dev/sda. It also has hardware raid. So i know that there is something wrong with the /dev/mapper/ddf1_4035305a86......a354a45p1 format.
First, is there any way that I can put the aarahci-1.4.17015-1.rhel5.i686.dd (floppy image) on a CD?. I really need to set this up with raid. I know i could simply disable raid in bios and then i would get two normal hard drives sda and sdb. But it has to be a raid setup. Any way to slipstream the driver into the centos dvd? The hp link i provided above, under installation instructions, there are some instructions titled "Important". But I couldn't get it to work.
The installer can't see my raid controller (I assume) as I'm getting the following error:"Error opening /dev/mapper/isw_jbhgjgjj_Vol0: No such device or address"It just sees them as 4 individual drives: sda, sdb, sdc and sdd.Please note that I have set up the RAID 5 in the controller bios interface and the image name is Vol0, which it seems that it tries to load but for some particular reason it can't.I have also tried different bios settings and nothing worked.
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Jun 12, 2010
I bought a used server and it's in great working condition, but I've got a 2-part problem with the onboard raid controller. I don't have or use RAID and want to figure out how to stop or work around the onboard SATA raid controller. First some motherboard specs.: Arima HDAMA 40-CMO120-A800 [URL]... The 4-port integrated Serial ATA Integrated SiliconImage Sil3114 raid controller is the problem.
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Mar 12, 2010
Problem 1: When I plug in my SATA server hard drive loaded with Slackware 12.2 and linux kernel 220.127.116.11, the onboard raid controller recognizes the one drive and allows the OS to boot. Slackware gets stuck looking for a raid array and stops at this point -........
I've recently started having an issue with an mdadm RAID 6 array that been operational for about 2500 hours.
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Mar 1, 2010
Intermittently during write operations the array stalls, dropping to almost 0 write speed for 10-30 seconds. When this occur one or both of the 2 drives attached to a 2 port Silicon Image si3132 SATA-II controller "locks up" with its activity light locked on. This just started occurring within the last week and didn't seem to coincide with any update that i noticed. The array has just recently passed 12.5% full. The size of the write does not seem to make any difference and it seems completely random. Some times copying a 5 GB dataset results in no slow down other times a torrent downloading to the array at 50kb/sec does cause a slow down and vise versa.
The array consists of 8 WD 1.5TB drives, 6 attached to the ICH9R south bridge, and 2 attached to a si3132 based PCI express card. The array is formatted as a single ext4 partition.
Checking SMART data for all drives shows no errors. Testing read speed with hdparm reports what i would expect (100mb/sec for each drive, ~425mb/sec for the array).
The only thing i did notice is that udma6 is enabled for all the ICH9R drives while only udma5 is enabled for the si3132 drives. Write cache is enabled for all the disks. Attempting to set the si3132 drive to udma6 results in an IO error from hdparm.
The si3132 drive is using the sata_sil24 driver. Nothing of interest appears in the kern or syslog. During this time top shows very high wait time.
The s13132 controller appears to have the original firmware from 2006 loaded, there are some firmware updates available on the Silicon Image website for this controller that now appear to offer separate firmwares for RAID operation (some sort of hybrid controller/software thing the controller supports) and a separate firmware for standard IDE use.
Has anyone had similar issues with this controller? Is a firmware update a reasonable course of action? If so which firmware is best supported by the linux driver?
I know i'm not using its raid features but i've dealt with controllers that needed to be in raid mode for ahci to be active and for linux to work well with them. I'm bit ify at the idea of just trying it and finding out as it could knock 2 disks of my array out of action.
I want to stop using Windows because it sucks so i have downloaded all kind of distibutions from Linux. They give all the same error because it seems Linux has problems with Fakeraid. Now i have running OpenSuse in VmWare 7.0.1 but i want it as the only OS.
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Aug 3, 2010
The installation goes fine but in the end it gives a Grub error because it cannot create the bootloader. It seems to be a common problem and i have done all the steps that i could find on Google.
I have two raid controllers. One is integrated in the mainboard from Asrock ALiveNF7G-HD720p R5.0 and OpenSuse sees it as a Jmicron controller.I have bought also a EM2001 2 Poorts PCI Controller SATA card with two harddisks in Raid 0 because Linux failed to install on the JMicron. On the EM2001 2 Poorts PCI Controller SATA it also fails with the same error.
I want OpenSuse 11.2 working on Raid 0. I know it must be some simple commands in the terminal through a live cd to correct the bootloader and do it manualy by Linux users but i'm a Windows user.
Can somewhone please tell me the exact steps and commands to install Linux on Raid 0 Fakeraid?
I am trying to connect a RAID Box to the server via LSI 8880EM2 RAID controller.The raid box is FUjitsu Externus DX60 with raid 1 configured.The server is Fujitsu Primergy SX300 S5 with LSI 8880EM2 RAID card.The external raid box is being recognised by the raid controllers bios.
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Jan 10, 2010
The server runs CentOS 5.5 64bit. I have installed the megaraid_sas driver from LSI website and MegaCLI utility but CentOS still fails to see the box.MegaCLI utility, when launched from CentOS, recognises the raid box, CentOS does not(no mapping being created in /dev).
I have also tried to create a logical RAID0 HDD on one physical HDD(as seen by MegaCLI) with MegaCLI utility in CentOS.The result was success and the new logical drive could have been used, but when restarting the server, the controllers' bios fails with an error (not surprised(one logical RAID0 on one physical HDD)) and configuration is being erased.
Has anyone tried connecting 8880EM2 controller to a raid box with raid configured on the box, running it all under CentOS and what were the results.
I have been trying for a few days to install CentOS 5.4 on an IBM x306 and I cannot get it to properly handle the Adaptec Embedded SATA HostRAID Controller. I have been working with Linux for a few years, but this is new territory for me. I typically use Debian-based distros, but I did some research on the IBM site and found out that RHEL is a supported OS for this machine. So, I decided to give Cent a try. I have some experience with Fedora, so it's not totally foreign to me.
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Sep 29, 2009
Anyway, I'm a bit confused. Using the IBM RAID utility, I set up a mirrored pair of 1GB SATA HDDs. When I run the Cent installer, it sees the pair as a single array. I am able to partition the array and complete the install, but when I boot into the OS, it sees the drives as 2 separate devices, sda and sdb. I can pull either one of the drives and boot with a single disk, but it doesn't seem to behave as a mirrored pair. If I make changes on sda, they are not replicated to sdb. Also, I can't use the cli or GParted to format the existing space on the array. I get an error either way. I believe this is because Cent doesn't have a driver for the RAID controller, but I don't see why it would work in the installer, but not the installed OS.
My next approach was to start over and attempt to run "linux dd" at the start of the installation. I tried to find the driver for the controller on the IBM site so I could load it when prompted, but couldn't find a newer version than RHEL 4 Update 3 (I'm assuming this would coordinate with CentOS 4.3). I tried it anyway, but when I select the floppy during the setup, it tells me it's not for this version of CentOS. I read several times that there are .img files that might help me in the 'Images' directory of disk one, but I only see diskboot.img, minstg2.img, and stage2.img. I don't think any of these are what I'm looking for. I thought there was supposed to be a drvblock.img or driverdisk.img.
On an Asus P5Q motherboard, CentOS 5.3 x64. (Separate thread as the other one has turned into just a discussion on my lm_sensors issue). The motherboard's primary SATA controller is the Intel P45 chipset. 6 ports, set to AHCI in BIOS, and all works a charm. Attached are 6 x SATA drives (2 x OS, 3 x data RAID5, 1 x backup). There is also a Marvell chip that provides PATA and also an underlying SATA chip (2 ports) that can do what Asus call Drive Xpert (stripe or mirror RAID) or be set to just standard SATA ports.
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Apr 19, 2009
It's a SIL5723 behind what CentOS sees as "03:00.0 IDE interface: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE6121 SATA II Controller (rev b2)". Physically the Marvell has only a single optical drive attached to its PATA interface. CentOS has loaded marvell_pata (I assume for the PATA side of it) but I have no /dev/cdrom or /dev/dvd so no optical drive CentOS is trying to use 'ahci' for the Marvell's SATA ports. Dmesg tells me that when it 'sees' them as it boots:
scsi6 : ahci
scsi7 : ahci
scsi8 : ahci
ata7: SATA max UDMA/133 abar m1024@0xfeaffc00 port 0xfeaffd00 irq 16
ata8: SATA max UDMA/133 abar m1024@0xfeaffc00 port 0xfeaffd80 irq 16
It attempts to read SATA drives attached to it, but it just errors trying to access them on boot (e.g. "ata7: failed to recover some devices, retrying in 5 secs" etc). I need the extra SATA ports, and I could really do with having a usable CDROM drive. I found a driver for the Marvell 88SE6121 from Asus. But the latest driver in that is for what it calls "RHEL 50.2" and the script fails with a "Generic Protection Error". That driver looks for kernel "2.6.18-92.el5" in its base_ver variable in the script. Changing the base ver to -128 doesn't help. I have uploaded the driver for if [URL]. Is that modifiable to work on 5.3 / soon to be 5.4?
Am installing Fedora 10 on an old but good server that used to be a windows box. It has 2 sata disk raid level 1 on adaptec 2410SA card. Disks are clean no info even did a low level format and recreated RAID.. twice DVD boots and installs os on raid array and reports success. new volume appears under computer icon but cannot be mounted after reboot attempt reports Reading physical volumes. This may take a while... (it doesn't)
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Oct 4, 2010
Volume group "VolGroup00" not found
Unable to acces resume device (/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01)
mount: error mounting /dev/root on /ysroot as ext3: No such file or directory
input: PS/2 Generic Mouse as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input4
and then a blinking cursor with keyboard echo but its just copying reboot with install DVD does not show previous (unmountable) disk image and repeat of above process increases operator need for alcohol have "disable write cache for drives" as I found that is a post but after fedora install.I do not know what grub is for instance but once linux is booted (on other computers) I can muddle through ok in terminal mode.
I am trying to install Centos onto a Poweredge 2650, with Dell Poweredge Expandable Raid Controller. I have 5 SCSI disks installed, and have created and initialised 2 logical volumes via the SCSI controller setup utility (Ctrl M after boot). After reboot the system reports two logical volumes present.
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Jan 13, 2010
The Centos installer cannot find any disks when it gets to the disk partitioning/setup step. It reports no disks present. Do I need a specific driver for this controller?
My problem is that I'm trying to install CentOS 5.4 x86_64 DVD ISO on Supermicro X7SBI server with installed Adaptec RAID 3405 controller.
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May 7, 2009
I created RAID 5 array and is working fine (adaptec status says Optimal) but I can't install CentOS to that array (1.5TB size).
Whenever I try to install with: linux dd
I'm asked for a driver, which I have downloaded from Adaptec site and extracted contents to USB drive (in installation found as /sba1) which has now a lot of IMG and some ISO files on it.
I try to load (I simplified names) RHEL5.img, CENTOS.img... with x64 names (one exact name: aacraid driverdisk-CentOS-x86_64.img) and I always get the error message: "No devices of the appropriate type were found on this driver disk"
This is going on for a week now and I can't find the right driver or something I'm doing wrong to get install done.
I need your help urgently. I will shortly install Centos 5 on a HP DL380R05 E5420 Server with two HP 146GB 10k 2.5 SAS HP SP hard disks running hardware RAID-1. I am a newbie on CentOS, please advise me:
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Jun 18, 2010
1. Do I need a Centos RAID device driver for hardware RAID-1 on the HP DL380R05 E5420 Server?
2. Should I use Centos i386 or Centos x86_64 in this case? Which one: CentOS 5.2 or CentOS 5.3?
3. Does Centos support Embedded NC373i Multifunction Gigabit network cards?
The following is my server's hardware configuration:
HP DL380R05 E5420 2GB Base AP Server(1) Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor E5420 Two Embedded NC373i Multifunction Gigabit / 2 GB (2 x 1 GB) PC2-5300 Fully Buffered DIMMs (DDR2-667)/HP Smart Array P400/256MB Controller /Rack (2U)/Hot Plug Fully Redundant Fans Standard Two HP 146GB 10k 2.5 SAS HP SP HDD HP 1000W IEC C14 Cord RPS Kit
I can not get the node or cloud controllers to startup using the init.d scripts. I have a fresh install of CentOS 5.4 with Eucalyptus 1.6.2 I have compiled Eucalyptus and all packages using the RPM supplied from Eucalyptus and utilizing yum installer. I do not currently have any processes or applications listening currently on the ports on the boxes as well. I think it may be a permissions issue or something because I get a "permission denied error", but I am not sure if it is Eucalyptus or CentOS. It looks as if it is not binding to the address on the interface of the NIC. It may be something else however. I have the Node controller, Cloud controller, and Cluster controller on seperate physical boxes. When I try to run either the cloud controller or the node controller I get this message:
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Sep 1, 2011
[root@cluster-cont ~]# /etc/init.d/eucalyptus-cc start
Starting Eucalyptus cluster controller: (13)Permission denied: make_sock: could not bind to address [::]:8774
(13)Permission denied: make_sock: could not bind to address 0.0.0.0:8774
I have a computer and I need to know whether its Sata-controller supports hotplugging. Therefore I (think I) need to know which Sata-controller is used in my computer. Can anyone tell me how I can find that piece of info?
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Jul 3, 2009
ps. Some info on the environment: It is running an AMD Geode processor which only support IDE and therefore the board has a Pata to Sata converter build in. When I do 'lspci' it only shows the IDE connection:
00:01.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] CS5536 [Geode companion] Host Bridge (rev 33)
00:01.2 Entertainment encryption device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Geode LX AES Security Block
00:06.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6105M [Rhine-III] (rev 96)
00:07.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6105M [Rhine-III] (rev 96)
00:08.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6105M [Rhine-III] (rev 96)
00:09.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6105M [Rhine-III] (rev 96)
I wonder if this is a regression, I have seen info that this bug had been in the SB600 and worked around with 2.6.26:
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Mar 9, 2009
Here's my lspci:
This is happening on three out of three SATA disks in the system and, even though I can't explain how, seems to have caused data loss on the mdraid they support.
It would be great if someone has a good idea on this one.
adding smartctl -a, just in case
After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk. If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.
I tried install Centos 5.2 (i386) on Dell PowerEge 2950 server with SAS RAID disk (RAID 5 on PERC 6/i created from six HDD, 1 TB each). I never installed Centos on a disk over 2 TB.
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Dec 22, 2009
I find out that i need use gpt instead mbr. I tried use rescue mode + parted but after rebooting I got message "Can't boot from from GPT partition" whet tried install. But when the space is partitioned by installer, I can't boot up.I got msg PBR not found. My ask is: "Can I boot directly from GPT partition? If yes how do it?" Or even better "How to install centos 5.2 on disk bigger than 2 TB?"
What are the things that i need to do to be able to install CentOS 5.3 on RAID 1 drive.I have tried to install other OS like Ubuntu 9.10 and lower and they all work fine.Problem is that, during the initial installation, it could not find any drive therefore i could not proceed with the installation.
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Aug 18, 2010
A friend of mine bought a prebuilt system from a local computer store that has the Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H motherboard and he says he can boot Fedora off the CD but cannot install it as it doesn't detect the harddrive.
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Jan 28, 2010
I assume it can't detect the SATA Controller as I am pretty sure hard drives use a universal driver so the only way for it not to detect the hard drive is if the controller is not detected.
I was wondering if anyone here has this motherboard and has this problem.
I think I gave him a Fedora 12 CD. (EDIT: It's Fedora 11 judging by the filename of the ISO I have on my Desktop...)
I myself haven't used Linux in a while since I completed my Linux course and this game I play needs Windows, but I am trying not to play that game as much anymore though because of free time issues... I have an Ubuntu Dualboot but have become used to Windows again. I am gonna try using Linux in a VM to get accustomed to it again, this way I can play with different versions/distros and still have the Windows 7 host as a fallback is something doesn't work...
I'm not all that familiar with what it is that the expensive SATA cards do, other than providing on-board cache and many ports, but all things considered what can't a CPU and lot's-o-RAM do that an expensive SATA card can?This assumes, of course, that you weren't planning on using the CPU to run other applications (i.e. a SAN type setup).
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Jan 8, 2010
I am using Dell Inspirion 1545 core 2 duo T6600, 3 gb ram,320 gb sata hddand in my bios i got 4 option (1) disable which disable sata and hdd is not detected (2) ATA where in my M$ is working(3) AHCI which mode will work. also i am using vm-ware to installed redhat linux 5.my hdd did not detected. do u need any information tell me i will post it on the same any command out put or log by which we can solve this problem.
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May 31, 2011
I upgraded F14 to F15; However, F15 no longer recognizes my 3 sata disks connected through Marvell controller. The controller is an integrated Marvell chipset 88SE6480. The controller has its own manufacturer driver but it was intended for RHEL 5.4 (mv64xx) and installation of this driver fails to generate mv64xx driver.
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Aug 24, 2011
I bought a Rampage III Extreme Black Edition wich has a SATA III controller (Marvell 88SE9182). I try to install Fedeora Core 15, but FC15 just dont recognize any of my HDs placed in SATA III ports. Has any fellow succeed installing linux on this SATA Controller?
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Aug 2, 2010
I just finished a build of a new GNU/Linux boxen with openSUSE 11.2. I have a MSI Big Bang Xpower X58 motherboard which has two SATA controller chips, one is the standard Intel ICH10R chip for SATA 3.0 Gb/s and one is the Marvell 9128 chip for SATA 6.0 Gb/s. The BIOS recognizes the Western Digital Caviar Black 6.0 Gb/s drive on either SATA controller chips, /however/ I am unable to install (and boot) when the drive is connected to the Marvell controlled ports. As you can guess, I'd like to boot from the faster interface!
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Nov 17, 2009
1. The BIOS allows me to select the Western Digital drive as a secondary boot device, so I know, at least at the BIOS level, it's there. This is true whether I have the drive connected to the Intel or Marvell ports. (The DVD drive is the primary boot device.)
2. When trying to install openSUSE 11.2 from DVD, the installer says that it can't find any hard drives on my system when I have the drive connected to the Marvell port. The installer finds the drive fine when it is connected to the Intel port.
3. I installed everything with the drive connected to the Intel port. I switched the drive to the Marvell port afterward and the system refuses to boot completely, stalling at some point where it starts to look for other filesystem partitions. This led me to conclude that perhaps the problem is with openSUSE and not hardware weirdness with the system having two separate SATA controllers?
Our server is a CybertronPC I2XV9080 Imperium Tower. It is equipped with a supermicro X7DVL-I Motherboard and Quad 750 GB SATA2 RAID edition hard drives in a raid 5 array. We tried to install Centos on the Raid5 array with Device-Mapper as the LVM. In the BIOS SATA Raid was enabled and the ICH RAID code base option was set to [Intel].
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Jun 3, 2010
Intel Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM V18.104.22.1682 ESB2
ID Name Level Strip Size Status Bootable
0 Raid5 Raid 5 64KB 80GB Normal Yes
1 Raid_5 Raid 5 64kB 2000GB Normal Yes[code].....
Can I have multiple level raids across the same array or would that lead to problems as above? Is the root cause of my problem the fact that intel raid5 is not supported for Linux as based on the following link http:[url]....
I'm having a problem with the installation of Ubuntu Server 10.04 64bit on my IBM xSeries 346 Type 8840. During the installation the system won't recognize any disk, so it's asking which driver it should use for the RAID controller. There's a list of options, but nothing seems to work. I've been searching the IBM website for an appropriate driver, but there is no Ubuntu version (there is Red Hat, SUSE, etc). I was thinking about downloading the correct driver onto a floppy disk to finalize the installation, but apparently no 'general' Linux driver to solve the problem here.
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Nov 15, 2010
Anyone know where i can get drivers for LyCOM ST-124 Raid 5 controller?
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Jan 29, 2011
where i can get drivers for LyCOM ST-124 Raid 5 controller?
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Dec 20, 2010
I have been using lspci, dmidecode, and mpt-status to get hardware information on my Dell 1950 running Ubuntu 8.10. I'm pretty sure my server is using an embedded SCSI RAID controller from info I got from Dell's site:
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Feb 6, 2010
1CR679Assembly, Card, SAS6IR, Integrated, Sled
1TX846Assembly, Cable, Controller SAS, POWEREDGE EXPANDABLE RAID CONTROLLER
When I run lspci I see:
01:00.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic SAS1068E PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS (rev 08)
PCI-Express is an actual...well, PCI card, right? But dmidecode shows that I have two x8 PCI Express slots that are both available. Sooo...I'm missing something. How am I running a PCI Express SCSI controller without using a PCI Express slot? In the event of not having the kind of info that I did (i.e. the service tag) how would I be able to tell at a glance whether a component like my RAID controller was embedded or not?
I have a VT6421 based raid controller. lspci shows this: 00:0a.0 RAID bus controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6421 IDE RAID Controller (rev 50) The drivers that come with it appear to have been compiled against an old kernel (I'm guessing). When I try to load them I get invalid module format. dmesg shows this: viamraid: version magic '2.6.11-1.1369_FC4 686 REGPARM 4KSTACKS gcc-4.0' should be '22.214.171.124-smp SMP mod_unload Does anyone know of a way to get this to work? I found the source for this, but it appears to only support Fedora, Mandrak, and RedHat. I can't get it to compile or make a driver disk.
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