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I have been attempting to install slackware 10.0 on a ide raid0. the mobo is Abit ST6RAID. HPT370 is the on board Raid controller. I have attempted Fdisk and have created partitions but have not been able to successfully install and boot to the OS. Cfdisk has not work form I can get it started I forget the error it gives. I'm starting ataraid.s when I boot, but i'm not very knowledgable about linux and it's boot sequence and what is happening during bootup. I could be doing alot of things wrong and I'm aware that there maybe too many variables in setup for a good direct answert. I'm looking for help in getting my slackware box up and running and also a book that would help me understand the linux kernel, file system, commands, recompiling, boot sequence, etc.
I'm booting from cd. A the boot: I type ataraid.s and hit enter. I have two 40gb drives. when I fdisk it only shows one drive (40gb). I decide to partition anyway. I made one primary linux partition and a swap. then I run setup. I install slackware with default settings. when I reboot it tells me there is no bootable media or something similar. As though it can not find a OS. when I reboot there are no cds in the drive and no floppy. I also did not chose to boot with a floppy. once I chose MBR and I don't remember the other option I know there are three and I have tried both that are not boot with floppy. I will be attempting install again this friday and will be able to give you more information at that time. It was suggested to me to recompile the kernel but I'm not sure how to do that and that was my reasonning to find a book that would walk me through that process.
When you go to install again make a boot disk. See if you can boot with it. I had a simiular problem with an old Mylex raid card. I didn't figure that one out. It would boot with a floppy, but not from the raid array.
The problem I'm having seems to be from the kernel I'm using not recognizing the raid controller I'm using. The one hard drive that I can partition and format is /dev/hdg. I'm thinking that 's not right, and the LILO is not able be created.
Welcome Back Mac! Did ya ever get IDE RAID 0 booting on your box; Dual w/ M$ or solo
What did you finally do to get it running? Am thinking of RAID (PATA & or SATA) nForce4 mainboards, 2GB DDR400 OCd ~480, AMD FX 55@~2900. Any suggestions good RAID distro? Want a set up for a neighbor to play World or War on Linux box! He only knows MS xp, afraid to partition.
Originally Posted by Mac19149
SNPD/EDTD I attempted 2 install slackware 10.0 ide raid0, Abit ST6RAID. HPT370 is the on board Raid controller. Fdisk and created partitions but have not been able to successfully install and boot to the OS. I'm starting ataraid.s when I boot, not knowledgable about linux boot sequence, happening during bootup. help getting my slackware box up and running and also a book that would help me understand the linux kernel, file system, commands, recompiling, boot sequence, etc.
Depending on how the kernel is compiled. You will have to use mkinitrd to help you create an initrd file or RAM Disk. Then include the required modules for RAID and the secondary controller. I suggest using RAID-1 instead of RAID-0 because it provides reduntancy and the ability to access two files at once. You should be using software RAID in Linux instead of software RAID that comes with the controller.
Rough idea what Linux does during pre and post boot up.
1) Boot loader loads kernel and initrd file (aka RAM Disk)
2) scripts in initrd are run to load any required modules
3) mounts the root partition that has /etc/inittab and other required files
4) uses pivot command to change from the RAM Disk to the phyiscal disk.
5) Unloads RAM Disk and resumes the boot up process
6) mounts required partitions that is located in /etc/fstab
7) finds /etc/modules.conf or /etc/modprobe.conf and loads modules
8) runs any miscellaneous scripts
I suggest specifying ro on the kernel or append line of the boot loader. This makes it safer to boot up on any filesystem and provides an option to run fsck. When using an initrd make sure the directory /initrd exist or else Linux will never boot up.
The module that you want to use for Highpoint HPT370 is hpt366.