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my problem is that when I try to install RH8 just after the please select install type (text or graphical), the install gives me a Kernel Panic and I can't use keyboard etc. to go up so all I can see is "error in code hpt366.c: *some number*" and something about the processor not being tainted.
I took this to mean that the problem is with the driver for my raid controller, an onboard highpoint 374.
My pc is an epox 8K5A3+, XP2100+, 256MB3200DDR and on the raid controller I have two 13gig hdd's: Quantum Fireball KA & KX.
Is there a way to load a driver for the raid before I start the install?? or at least stop the install from trying to detect the wrong driver?
Distribution: Win2K, Mandrake 8.2, RedHat 7.3, SuSe 8.1 Professional
Load hpt374 drivers with SuSE 8.1 Professional
I have figured a way to get SuSE 8.1 Professional loaded on my 80GB drive connected to ide3. It is involved, and would require a long explanation, but if you are interested I try to send you the details. This involves downloading the hpt374 driver from High Point, and compiling it for the linux version 2.4.19-4GB used for SuSE. I have this version
loaded on another box, and it worked. Put the driver on a floppy and using text install manually on the SuSE boot up i was able to get the driver working and installed SuSE 8.1.
Now however, I don't have it set so that the machine boots directly into SuSE with out having to add the hpt374 driver for each bootup. This is a dual boot setup with Win2K needed for work. Anyway hope this helps
You can add drivers at install time by typing "linux dd" at the install boot prompt. The install will then ask for a driver disk.
Now for the hard part. There are several different driver disk images on the first install CD in the images directory with the boot images. I think "drvblock.img" is one of them. Copying one of these images to a floppy creates a driver disk. You will either need to add your driver to an existing driver disk or create a new one.
Did the site where you got the driver have instructtions for creating a driver disk? If so, your'e in luck. If not...
There are several files besides the driver on the disks. modinfo, modules.dep and pcitable need to be altered for your new driver and your driver.o file needs to be added to the modules.cgz (gzipped cpio archive). I've putzed around with this for network drivers, but not raid. Good luck.
I have tried the normal method you suggested and I cannot stop rh8 install from trying to load the hpt366.c and failing can you tell me how you boot -> step by step <- until you get to the first install screen, Language selection I think.
sorry I forgot to tell you that I upgraded the HPT374 bios too. (to the version which included in the driver zip file)
0. upgrade your bios
1. copy all the files from /driver/i686 to a floppy disk.
actually, i really just followed the steps which described in Install_RedHat_HPT374.pdf file. it's in the Doc foler. read it carefully.
I have a similar problem. Grub doesn't hang for me but after the install and reboot, RH8 says to "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"
Using the RAID bios config utility I've set my channel 1 master as the boot device (I have 2 WD 1200JB ide drives, each set to master on channels 1 and 2 using RAID 1). I'm running bios version 1.21 and haven't loaded any additional drivers on the system.
RH never seems to find the boot sector on the hdd no matter if i use Grub or lilo but it will find my boot disk on my 1.44 floppy, boot from there and then bring up the rest of my system. My partitions look good and everything seems to be in place .... the system just won't boot from the hard disks.
Updated my RAID disk drivers according to the HPT374 redhat linux installation guide and upgraded my RAID controller bios to v1.23 but it still won't boot from my hdd. Boots fine from floppy recovery disk and recognizes RAID drives, but still no joy.