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Old 02-03-2006, 10:04 AM   #1
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out of the box working IDE controller cards?


Hey everyone,

I'm gonna buy an ide controller card to add some hard drives, what would you recommend, I never compiled a kernel from zero so I was wondering if there's anything I can find that'll save me time. I'm gonna install centos 4.2 or fedora core 4. I saw Adaptec & Highpoint & Promise etc. But which one works out of the box? And reliable.. Any ideas?
 
Old 02-03-2006, 11:42 AM   #2
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IDE Controller Cards

I bought a HD a while back that came with a Promise Ultra133 TX2. My motherboard only gave me 66MBs and I needed the card anyway to recognize all 200gigs of the HD. My system started out as WINME/WINXP. Since then I have installed Mandriva 2005/2006, Fedora Core 3/4, Debian, Ubuntu/Kubuntu, and SuSE 10.0/10.1. Not a single distro gave me any trouble. I would definitely say it works straight out of the box. Even the dozen or so live cds I have booted always recognized it. Again this is a card that came bundled with a HD. Maybe someone who has bought it retail could tell you different. Good Luck! Drew
 
Old 02-03-2006, 07:45 PM   #3
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TheLegendz: Any distro running the 2.6 kernel should work well with the Promise Ultra100 TX2, the less expensive ATA100 variant of the card DrEwMoNeY described above.

I am currently running RHL9 (with original 2.4 kernel), FC1, FC3, FC4, CentOS 4.2, Debian Sarge (2.6 kernel), Debian Etch/testing and SUSE 10.0 on this card. The FC1 and RHL9 smartd does not properly detect the SMART function through the card, but the drives work fine otherwise.
 
Old 02-04-2006, 02:16 AM   #4
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thanks alot guys, I'm buying a promise controller today Thank you!!!
 
Old 02-04-2006, 09:17 PM   #5
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I just bought Promise Ultra133 TX2 for 20$ can't wait until it arrives!
 
Old 02-07-2006, 07:50 PM   #6
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Hey great. I know it will work out great. If you don't mind, you think you could post back what kind of drives you end up hooking up to it. HDDs, CD & DVD or whatever, just for reference. Thanks! Drew
 
Old 02-08-2006, 08:07 AM   #7
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I'm gonna use a brand new 300gb seagate on it, I just bought that as well, gonna pick it up today and now I'm waiting for my controller card which will be here in a week. For now I'm just gonna use one 300gb hard drive and expend it later.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 10:03 AM   #8
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wow, ok it really just worked out of the box, I the one I bought was Promise Ultra133 TX2, and a seagate barracuda 300gb, I didn't do anything, just plug them in and boot, and they were both working. Awesome, thanks alot guys. I was thinking of using them on LVM but now I read some articles about how hard it is to recover those and I agree with them so I'll just keep it traditional ext3
 
Old 02-20-2006, 07:27 PM   #9
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Can anyone who is using a TX2 card tell me whether I can install a distro with the Linux 2.6 kernel and whether it will BOOT from a drive hanging off of this card?

This would be the only drive in my system.

Thanks,

Mike
 
Old 02-20-2006, 08:45 PM   #10
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Yes, you can boot from a disk attached to the card, but keep in mind, the disk will show up as hde or hdg, depending on which IDE channel you use (and depending on whether you already have 2 IDE channels), instead of hda or hdc.

You can even put two card in the system and set up a 4-disk linux software raid5 with each drive on an independent channel.
 
Old 02-21-2006, 08:11 AM   #11
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Almost every one of the distros I mentioned above are running a 2.6.x kernel. Since then I've gone to Slackware 10.2 with the 2.6.13 kernel. I tried the newest Mepis before I installed Slack, and it didn't seem to want to run. It started to boot, but would just hang. Its been so long I couldn't give you any other details. So many things could have been wrong, it might have been a bad install rather than a distro that just doesn't boot of this card. Good live CD though. Good Luck!
 
  


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