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Old 08-10-2003, 01:32 AM   #1
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Can't install Linux on my ASUS P4PE raid setup


I'm just about returning my ASUS P4PE because I can't get Red Hat installed. Any good ideas are highly appreciated.

The problem is that Red Hat can't recognize the raid controller/disks ('An error has occurred - no valid devices were found on which to create new file systems. Please check your hardware for the cause of this problem').

The hardware seems to work fine (setting up the raid configuration. Partitioning with FDISK for example. Formatting the drive from DOS, etc.).

- I am using the drivers provided by Promise for the on-board raid controller (FastTrak S150 TX2plus) for Linux 8.0.
- Have tried in raid 0 and raid 1 setup, with same negative result.
- I have read a thread about similar problems (are not allowed to post URL, but it's on linuxquestions in /questions/history/52989
I get a similar lspci result. It seems like the driver may need some work around to work, but I can't figure out how to get it to work on my system (starting from scratch, no windows installed, only ATA disks).

Any ideas anyone?
 
Old 08-10-2003, 02:42 AM   #2
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Install linux using the motherboard IDE controller instead of using Promise controller. After you install LINUX, compile the kernel to include your Promise controller and RAID. Then setup your RAID and make the same number of partitions. The size of the partitons have to be equal or greater of the data on the original partitions. Next copy the files or directories in each partition to your RAID arrary. Edit your bootloader and test if you can boot to your RAID array.

You can skip the above when LINUX ask you do you have any SCSI devices. Say yes and insert your floppy with the Promise modules (drivers). Any additional controllers other than your motherboard controller is consider as a SCSI controller.
 
Old 08-10-2003, 03:18 AM   #3
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Actually under the installation process, Linux do ask for SCSI devises, and it do load the driver from the floppy, but it still does not recognize the device.

I am a truly beginner in regards to Linux. I hope you can clarify your suggestion a bit:
- I only have the two ATA disks for the raid. Does your suggestion require yet another disk (for the IDE controller)? I will check if the ATA disks can be used as IDE disks.
- Is recompiling the kernel something you will recommend for a beginner (I have no clue about how to do, but assume I can find in the Linux documentation).

At last, thanks for your quick response.
 
Old 08-10-2003, 05:45 AM   #4
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I think the drivers on Promise' site are for S150 TX2 and not S150 TX2plus. Could you check if the readme in the driver zip says " PDC20270 FastTrak 100 TX2" or "PDC20371 FastTrak S150 TX2plus".
 
Old 08-10-2003, 06:18 AM   #5
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It says: PDC20375 Promise SATA150 TX2plus
 
Old 08-15-2003, 03:18 AM   #6
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I found a driver for PCD20376 on the Promise internet site, and it seem to install perfectly.
 
Old 08-18-2003, 05:25 PM   #7
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please send me the file that you find to pdc20376..leo.h@terra.com.br
 
Old 08-19-2003, 03:15 AM   #8
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I got the file (FastTrak S150 TX RedHat UP Driver) from Promise:

http://www.promise.com/support/downl...ry=driver&os=3

It is for their own controller, but seems to work with the on board controller on P4PE as well.
 
Old 08-19-2003, 11:16 AM   #9
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does it work's in redhat 9.0???how can i install they on the process of installation......putz.. my english is bad
 
Old 08-19-2003, 11:45 AM   #10
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The driver is for Red Hat 8, and for the same reason I have installed this version. I don't know if it will work for Red Hat 9. The installation is straight forward and described in the Readme file. In short, type 'Expert' at the installation prompt, and insert the driver diskette when prompted to do so.
 
Old 08-26-2003, 03:01 PM   #11
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redhat 9 and promise driver for p4pe raid controller

I have been able to dual boot my p4pe using redhat 8 and win2k. I have to use a floppy to get into linux otherwise i go directly into win2k, that's not the problem, but Promise has yet to get drivers out for the raid controller so that I can boot up redhat 8 with the newest kernels or install redhat 9. My impression is that Promise is extremely slow with driver releases and could be many months before we see a certified version for rh9 or any of the latest kernels. I don't even know if any of my RH updates are doing me any good since I'm still stuck with one of the original RH8 kernels :-(

Maybe I'm being stupid insisting that I use my Maxtor ATA133 120GB HDD on that raid connection alone. I only did it b/c the p4pe's regular IDE connection is only ATA100, should I just switch it over and allow the new kernels to update? Is there really any benefit to the way I have it set up now??? I'm afraid to screw up what is currently working.
 
Old 08-27-2003, 02:26 AM   #12
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I received a Linux 9 driver for the PDC20376 from the Promise customer support yesterday. According to the Readme file, it supports:
Red Hat 9.0 UP (kernel 2.4.20-8)
Red Hat 9.0 SMP (kernel 2.4.20-8smp)
Red Hat 8.0 UP (kernel 2.4.18-14)
Red Hat 8.0 SMP (kernel 2.4.18-14smp)
Haven't tried it though. Guess it is available on their web site as well (probably in the section for the S150 TX2).
 
Old 08-27-2003, 11:00 AM   #13
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please send me the driver..i didn't found it in promise site...
leo.h@terra.com.br
 
Old 08-29-2003, 02:03 AM   #14
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promise redhat9 driver

I still don't see any redhat 9 driver for RAID p4pe on Promise's site, could you send me the driver as well?

annihilous@hotmail.com
 
Old 08-29-2003, 08:59 AM   #15
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Have you tried any other distro?Like Mandrake for instance,because it happened to me too with my highpoint hpt371 raid controller and when i tried to install redhat 9.0 the anaconda(redhat installer system)couldnīt find any hard drives but,when i installed mandrake 9.1 i could see the 2 Hdd in the controller so i think it is a matter of kernel version since mandrake always use a newer kernel.....try to install mandrake until the partitioning GUI and check if you can see the drives(be cool its safe to do that since it wont write anything to any drive)
 
  


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