Google was no help on this, so I'm hoping someone here has an answer for my issue. I have a home-built PC that, until recently, was running Windows XP quite nicely. But I built a new PC, so the older one is going to run Linux.
I have the following setup (these are just the germane pieces of hardware):
Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro 2 motherboard
Pioneer DVD-RW drive on IDE2
WD (small) HDD on IDE1
**WD (large) HDD on IDE3 master
**Samsung HDD on IDE3 slave
(for those not familiar, this mobo has two additional IDE onboard ports that can either be used as extra buses or for RAID purposes, as I'd like to do)
The starred items are giving me problems. When I boot, the GigaRAID BIOS sees the drives and lists them correctly. And when I hit control-G to enter the RAID menu, they are listed just fine -- they're set up as a striped array. So, if I'm not mistaken, any Linux installer should see these drives presented as one big drive.
But neither Anaconda (Fedora Core 3 or 4) nor YaST (SuSE 9.3) see those drives, only the smaller, lone drive on IDE1. And I just know
it's going to be simpler to get this right at install-time rather than later on.
For giggles, I tried going into BIOS and changing the function of IDE3 from "RAID" to "IDE," making it just another IDE controller. Even that doesn't work: the installers still see only my lone drive.
I should think that drivers wouldn't be necessary, as the hardware is taking care of the disk presentation... but I could be wrong...
If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. I work with UNIX servers for a living, so I'm not a complete
, but getting devices to be recognized under Linux has always been my Achilles' Heel...
Thanks in advance!!
-- Jeff P.