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I am trying to setup Gentoo Linux 1.4 on a PC with the Asus PC-DL Deluxe motherboard - on a SATA RAID 1 configuration (two identical 80gb HDD's defined as a single RAID using the onboard Promise PDC20378 controller). I am experiencing a few problems. Previously (i.e. a few weeks ago) I managed to setup a system fitted with an Asus A7V8 mainboard - which uses the PDC20376 controller. Only slight difference, but I got it working - also with two 80gb SATA discs. The driver which I used for installation is compiled from source - but not included with ...

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    Default Promise RAID problems

    I am trying to setup Gentoo Linux 1.4 on a PC with the Asus PC-DL Deluxe
    motherboard - on a SATA RAID 1 configuration (two identical 80gb HDD's
    defined as a single RAID using the onboard Promise PDC20378 controller). I
    am experiencing a few problems.

    Previously (i.e. a few weeks ago) I managed to setup a system fitted with an
    Asus A7V8 mainboard - which uses the PDC20376 controller. Only slight
    difference, but I got it working - also with two 80gb SATA discs. The driver
    which I used for installation is compiled from source - but not included
    with the kernel. Nonetheless, using an initrd I have got that system to
    work.

    Now, with this new machine and different promise controller - I can't get it
    to work. The driver i'm using is the same as the above (it claims to support
    the 20378 too), and indeed I am able to 'insmod' it, fun cfdisk, and
    practically install the whole system with no problems. It evidently it DOES
    work - only, when I come to running lilo -v, I get errors:

    LILO version 22.5.1, Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
    Development beyond version 21 Copyright (C) 1999-2003 John Coffman
    Released 28-Mar-2003 and compiled at 19:57:43 on Oct 3 2003.

    raid_setup returns offset = 00000000 ndisk = 0
    BIOS Volume S/N Device
    Reading boot sector from /dev/sda
    Fatal: Device 0x0800: Maximum number of sectors is 63, not 222

    I have tried various force methods to no avail. Unless perhaps i'm missing a
    particular force method!

    Other noticable differences between my two systems lie in the output from
    'cfdisk' - the older machine which works shows Sectors per Track: 63
    Cylinders: 9726 .... whilst the newer (non-working) system shows Sectors per
    Track: 30 Cylinders: 20424. Both use the same model HDD's.... but I can
    understand these varying due to a different RAID setup.

    What I don't understand however is why this new system won't work.

    Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

    Terence Parker


    Terence Guest

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    Terence Parker wrote:
     

    Gahhh. ASUS's selection of Promise was one of their great design errors.
    Promise *S* for anything like support. Under no cirstances can
    they let you talk to a technical person on the phone, they won't
    acknowledge that their controllers have chips with part numbers, and
    they can't pronounce Linux. What kernel do you have on Gentoo? I've done
    hand-to-hand with Promise controller, and would generally recommend
    throwing out the controller and replacing it with a 3Ware or SIIG
    controller if you can.

    Nico Guest

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    Thanks for your reply.

    The Kernel I think (machine isn't with me at the moment) is 2.4.20 -
    the machine is still in the installation environment, so it's whatever
    kernel the installation runs off. I have installed 2.4.21 onto the
    system (which can only be 'chrooted' into at the moment) - but that
    shouldn't make a difference. Either way, it appears the PDC20378 is
    not supported by the kernel.

    I am trying to find an updated binary driver (well source would be
    even better) on the Promise website - but they don't list their
    products by chipsets. Only product name! So I have no idea what the
    PDC20378 is....*sigh*.

    Anyways... i'm still stuck.

    Terence


     
    Terence Guest

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