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Hi guys and gals my name's Gary and I've been a Windows user since 1993 so I'm a bit new to this game.
I'm trying to install Redhat Linux 9 on my home server (Compaq Proliant 5000 with 196Mb of RAM, PCI ATI 8Mb @ Work, Compaq SmartArray 2/P controler. 3 x 2.1Gb SCSI HDDs in array to make 1st available partition a 6.3Gb partition and 1 x 9.1Gb SCSI HDD.
When trying to install I get the message VFS: Cannot open root device "" or 48 :05.
Heh. I picked one of those up today with 4x2.1Gb, 512MB RAM, Quad Pentium Pro 200 and Compaq Smart/2 RAID controller. The god news is that it's a supported device. The hard part will be getting the right boot image during the install.
I'm installing slackware 9 and luckily I can boot with the raid.s image, unfortunately I have to do an NFS mount as I can't see the SCSI CD-ROM and the RAID controller at the same time.
You'll probably need to specify some extra boot parameters for the install and I'm not quite sure how to go about that for RedHat. I'll look into your situation this weekend.
It looks like you'e got the EISA RAID card so you'll have to do a little bit of extra work to get your system to see the card. It's explained in detail here. As well you should have the Compaq diagnostics partition setup and the tools for the raid controller installed as well. Once you've setup your RAID configurtation you should be able to proceed with the install.
I did mine by having lilo boot from the first active partition, rather than the MBR, so my partition layout looks like this
Disk /dev/ida/c0d0: 6308 MB, 6308659200 bytes
255 heads, 32 sectors/track, 1510 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 8160 * 512 = 4177920 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/ida/c0d0p1 * 10 26 69360 83 Linux
/dev/ida/c0d0p2 27 155 526320 82 Linux swap
/dev/ida/c0d0p3 1 9 36704 12 Compaq diagnostics
/dev/ida/c0d0p4 156 1510 5528400 83 Linux
Thanks for your advice! Your right it`s EISA Smart-2/E. You mean I have to do the partititioning with ACU like you described overthere and it works? I hav just said I will have one 12G partition and thought the rest will be done through the installation prozess like at a IDE Drive. System hangs with Kernel panic during installation before trying first time to use the CD... I will test your Tip and tell you more later.
Just got my own proliant 5000, and with your help it looks like I just might be able to get slack running on it! It came with 3 9.1 gb drives in the RAID but I don't know how to do the partitioning so that it uses level 0. Can anyone help me?
Hmmm, when i boot the slack 9 cd and do "raid.s mem=exactmap mem=640k@0 mem=127m@1m" it freezes at "Loading initrd.img..." when i do "raid.s mem=exactmap" it freezes at "Finished uncompressing, booting the kernel..." and if i just do "raid.s" it starts alright but freezes during install and only sees 16mb ram. Can someone help me?
Oh, I'm using a SIIG IDE card for the IDE CD-Rom to install from. Thanks
Just installed Debian on my quad ppro 200 proliant 5000 with 1 gig ram, just used the bf24 floppies, and the installer detected it without a hassle (after I've set up the array with smartstart of course).
Found out what was wrong with mine, I got a copy of the smartstart cd and it was configured for nt4. I've ordered some ppro-200/1mb off ebay, now all I need are some VRMs. Does anybody know how I can get a larger RAID array than 7 drives?
Originally posted by RucasRiot Found out what was wrong with mine, I got a copy of the smartstart cd and it was configured for nt4. I've ordered some ppro-200/1mb off ebay, now all I need are some VRMs. Does anybody know how I can get a larger RAID array than 7 drives?
I have no problems running both win2k and linux on my proliant, but how exactly do I change "OS-settings" in smartstart? I'm using 5.0 btw
I'm trying to install Slack 9.1 onto a proliant 1500. I have a similar problem with the lockups. But i configured the system for linux. using the System Config. disks (I dont have SmartStart, server was being trashed).
any ideas?? im getting really frustrated with this thing. ive been working on it for a few weeks now and still no idea whats wrong