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Old 09-19-2005, 09:53 AM   #1
shyamarjarapu
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Question How to Install Suse Linux on Hardware RAID - MB GA-K8NS Ultra 939


I have GA-K8NS Ultra-939 motherboard, AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 1GB RAM, 2 - Seagatte 160GB Hardrives with RAID 0 configured on BIOS.

When I am trying to install Suse Linux 9.2 Pro, I see 2 drives rather than a single harware raid drive. When it happened the same with Windows 2003 installation, I was suggested to install Raid drivers for NVidia Raid controller and Nvidia nForce storage controller. Only then it could show single RAID 0 drive.

BIOS settings looks fine as I have already installed Windows 2003 with RAID 0 on one partition and I am trying to install Linux on the other. May be I need to install the same RAID drivers for Linux.

If so, could you please point where I could find Linux drivers for NVIDIA RAID & NFORCE STORAGE CONTROLLERS to download? Or, if I am missing something else, please suggest me. Thank you

Sincerly,
Shyam Arjarapu
 
Old 10-05-2005, 08:06 AM   #2
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I have software raid set up by nvidia raid controller (bios). When trying to install suse, it doesnt show the raid, but the 2 hdd's (sata) separately. It also warns me that it is actually software raid and that I will loose any data on the raid (not cool).

Anyone any ideas what I should do?
 
Old 10-30-2005, 03:04 PM   #3
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Hi shyamarjarapu,

Did you solve the problem? i have the same issue with you , could you update or share with us your latest information on this thread?

Thanks

Y.J.
 
Old 10-30-2005, 03:12 PM   #4
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no. still pondering and wondering. I will be trying suse 10 out in the next 3 weeks and see if something has changed, though I doubt it.
 
Old 10-31-2005, 01:45 AM   #5
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oh it seems my vmware esx server installation routine doesnt work with it at all.

i've checked nVidia website's supporting section and found that nV only recommend dmraid for it. Can we append dmraid driver when during the installation of sles?
 
Old 10-31-2005, 01:57 AM   #6
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yes, one can load additional modules as far as I know by choosing manual install at first and then switch over the gui install
 
Old 10-31-2005, 02:02 AM   #7
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I have checked the dmraid app, but it only mentions ATARAID (not sataraid), in fact, it is not even a kernel module (which is even worse) because now you cant install suse directly with sata raid support. Someone have said that fedora had some hack for it or something, and maybe gentoo has something too, but suse apparently not. I will check with suse 10 tho.
 
Old 11-10-2005, 08:48 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by jakkals
I have checked the dmraid app, but it only mentions ATARAID (not sataraid), in fact, it is not even a kernel module (which is even worse) because now you cant install suse directly with sata raid support. Someone have said that fedora had some hack for it or something, and maybe gentoo has something too, but suse apparently not. I will check with suse 10 tho.

Hello, Have you tried Suse 10 yet? I'm having the same problem with nVidia (bios) RAID and Suse 10.
 
Old 11-10-2005, 10:21 AM   #9
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have just received suse 10. will check it out within the next 10 days.
 
Old 11-16-2005, 03:29 PM   #10
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problem still persists. Maybe we should try fedora? if it works in fedora(which supposable does work).. we could try submit the patch to opensuse and recompile our kernels... though it would still be a major problem for new installs.
 
Old 11-18-2005, 08:08 AM   #11
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Hello,

I got it working (at least during install). I had to build the root partition as the first partition and only RAID that one during install. You make a regular swap at first. Once the install is done you can mirror the swap as md1. After I had swap mirrored I wrote the GRUB information to the second drive and tested. I pulled sda and the system keep running just fine. I rebooted and it came back up just fine also. I put sda back in and rebuilt md0 and 1 then pulled sdb and repeated the test. I and now satisfied that it works and that I can recover it when it does fail.

yoda:/ # uname -a
Linux yoda 2.6.13-15-default #1 Tue Sep 13 14:56:15 UTC 2005 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
yoda:/ # cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid1]
md1 : active raid1 sdb2[1] sda2[0]
4257152 blocks [2/2] [UU]

md0 : active raid1 sdb1[1] sda1[0]
239938688 blocks [2/2] [UU]

unused devices: <none>
yoda:/ # cat /etc/raidtab
# autogenerated /etc/raidtab by YaST2

raiddev /dev/md0
raid-level 1
nr-raid-disks 2
nr-spare-disks 0
persistent-superblock 1
chunk-size 4
device /dev/sda1
raid-disk 0
device /dev/sdb1
raid-disk 1

raiddev /dev/md1
raid-level 1
nr-raid-disks 2
nr-spare-disks 0
persistent-superblock 1
chunk-size 4
device /dev/sda2
raid-disk 0
device /dev/sdb2
raid-disk 1
yoda:/ # sfdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 30401 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 0+ 29870 29871- 239938776 fd Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda2 29871 30400 530 4257225 fd Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda3 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
/dev/sda4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
yoda:/ # sfdisk -l /dev/sdb

Disk /dev/sdb: 30401 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 0+ 29870 29871- 239938776 fd Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sdb2 29871 30400 530 4257225 fd Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sdb3 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
/dev/sdb4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
yoda:/ #


Let me know if you'd like to see any other files.

Thanks everyone!
Rich
 
Old 11-18-2005, 02:46 PM   #12
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Talking

I will certainly try it out.. wow... tx!
 
Old 11-24-2005, 10:59 AM   #13
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I have exactly the same problem on a similar mobo ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe.

The thing is I have already installed WinXP and want to install as 2nd OS the SuSe 10.
I have 5 partitions. C: is where I installed windows and it has NTFS. Is this a problem for the Linux installation??? ???
D: is the partition I left empty in order to put Linux in.
Of course SuSe cannot recognise the SATA RAID i have and dare not to proceed with the installation because I can't aford losing any boot record or fat table.

This is really annoying. i can't believe that i cannot install a brand new OS.
The method above seems risky to me. I'm trying to find a driver working for this.
If anyone finds a solution please let us know.
 
  


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