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Old 09-11-2013, 05:46 AM   #1
Starkx
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Broadcom RAID Controller detected but unable to use it


Hello!

I've been facing a very annoying problem these last two days.
I'm trying to install linux on a server.
That server got a RAID Controller: Broadcom BCM5785 [HT1000] SATA
Everything is set perfectly, I successfully created a RAID1 array using the BIOS.
Problem is: any of all linux ditributions I tried are able to see it.
Since I have an hadware controller, it would be stupid to configure FakeRAID.
Something is definitely wrong, lspci tells me I have a RAID Controller, it's able to see it.
I just tried to install CentOS but the CentOS installer does not display my device in the "Firmware RAID" tab...
I am desperate
So, am I missing something, or is my hardware not linux friendly?

UPDATE: I tried to boot windows installer. Same problem.. Is it a driver problem?

Last edited by Starkx; 09-11-2013 at 08:34 AM. Reason: New tests
 
Old 09-11-2013, 10:19 AM   #2
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Hello!
I've been facing a very annoying problem these last two days. I'm trying to install linux on a server. That server got a RAID Controller: Broadcom BCM5785 [HT1000] SATA Everything is set perfectly, I successfully created a RAID1 array using the BIOS.

Problem is: any of all linux ditributions I tried are able to see it. Since I have an hadware controller, it would be stupid to configure FakeRAID. Something is definitely wrong, lspci tells me I have a RAID Controller, it's able to see it.
How are you running lspci if you aren't able to get things installed?
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I just tried to install CentOS but the CentOS installer does not display my device in the "Firmware RAID" tab...
Shouldn't be under the 'Firmware RAID' tab...if this is a hardware RAID, then it should just show up as one disk.
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So, am I missing something, or is my hardware not linux friendly?
UPDATE: I tried to boot windows installer. Same problem.. Is it a driver problem?
Well, since Windows doesn't see your device either, it's not a Linux issue, and it's not a driver issue either, since Windows uses different drivers than Linux. It sounds like you haven't properly created the hardware RAID array, so the system installers don't see the 'disk' to install TO.
 
Old 09-11-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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You never know about fake raid chips.
 
Old 09-12-2013, 04:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for your reply!
I can run lspci using live CD.
I am 100% sure my array is good.
I'm running out of solution
 
Old 09-12-2013, 06:08 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Starkx View Post
That server got a RAID Controller: Broadcom BCM5785 [HT1000] SATA
Everything is set perfectly, I successfully created a RAID1 array using the BIOS.
Problem is: any of all linux ditributions I tried are able to see it.
Since I have an hadware controller, it would be stupid to configure FakeRAID.
Actually, it is fakeRAD.

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(link) Broadcom RAIDCore BCM5785 aka HT-1000 chips fakeraid. Proprietary drivers using Broadcom's proprietary "blob" are available from IBM and Tyan.
http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html#bcm5785

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UPDATE: I tried to boot windows installer. Same problem.. Is it a driver problem?
Could be, but try going into the BIOS and setting it to SATA (not PATA or RAID)

http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t...7-start-0.html
 
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:53 PM   #6
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Thanks cascade!
Is it possible to load these drivers with the kernel in a Arch LinuxLive CD?
 
Old 09-13-2013, 07:48 AM   #7
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Probably, but I haev no idea how, or if its even worth doing it.
 
  


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