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Old 04-18-2002, 10:45 PM   #1
linux|n3wb
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A little help please...


Lets get somethings out of the way....

#1 - I am a n3wb to Linux.

#2 - I am a n3wb to Linux.

#3 - Did I mention I am a n3wb to linux?

Now that we got that cleared up... I am trying to Install Slackware 8.0 on my Adaptec 2100S Controller in a RAID 5 format with (3) 18.3GB U160 Drives.. I have found drivers all over for RedHat and SuSe. So...

#1 - Can I use these drivers? (Is it a universal driver for the scsi.c kernel?)

#2 - Where can I find the correct drivers if the above is wrong.

It will not allow me to partition the disk under fdisk or cfdisk. Everytime I try to do anything I get...

"Opened disk read-only - you have no permission to write"

[I hit ENTER, then I get]

"FATAL ERROR: Bad signiture on partition table
Press Any key to continue"

The only thing I can guess is that Slackware 8.0 does not have built in support for the Adaptec 2100s. I know the RAID and the hd's are good since I can "start" the installation with winblows.

Please, a little help.

P.S. I have installed Mandrake 8 and Redhat 6.2 on my machine (not the one I am trying now), then stared at it like, "Wow, WTF do I do now?" I am just trying to figure how to get it installed on the Adaptec 2100s, after that... I leave you alone unless I am really stuck.

Last edited by linux|n3wb; 04-18-2002 at 11:13 PM.
 
Old 04-20-2002, 10:24 AM   #2
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Arrow Wow...

Thanks for all the help. This will be the 6th forum I have asked for help on and no one responded. Not even a, "Hey, Slackware doesn't support the Adaptec 2100S." or "No, those drivers won't work." or even a "Hey, I don't know how to do it. But, I do know that "some linux distro" will." And you wonder why you get flamed so much about Linux problems and how it sucks. Reason being, no one here is to help. You were all in my situation at one time. Be nice if everyone would pitch in there knowledge here.

And if you all would like to have more people using Linux or boasting about it, maybe you should help more. I drop a comprehensive question on a Windows forum and I get atleast 1 response, whether it is the right answer or not. As I look an through these forums, there is really not a response to anything. I am not taking this general question or post I just did and basing my whole flame here on it. I have put questions on many forum's about many different things and since it is a newbie asking or a newbie question it goes untouched and over looked. I have even gotten flamed, "Go back to your Windows you dumb a$$. If you can't figure that out, you don't belong here." Sorry that I am just supposed to "know." Even when you all were trying out Windows for the first time, you probably had stupid questions too.

All I needed was a place to be pointed to that dealt with this situation. Just wanted to say thanks.

Last edited by linux|n3wb; 04-20-2002 at 10:31 AM.
 
Old 04-20-2002, 10:28 AM   #3
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Question sorry dude

hey sorry man, but i'm a newbie too, so i won't be able to help. i suggest u wait for a few hours and let the moderator do his job.
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Old 04-20-2002, 01:37 PM   #4
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Re: Wow...

Quote:
Originally posted by linux|n3wb
Thanks for all the help. This will be the 6th forum I have asked for help on and no one responded. Not even a, "Hey, Slackware doesn't support the Adaptec 2100S." or "No, those drivers won't work." or even a "Hey, I don't know how to do it. But, I do know that "some linux distro" will." And you wonder why you get flamed so much about Linux problems and how it sucks. Reason being, no one here is to help. You were all in my situation at one time. Be nice if everyone would pitch in there knowledge here.

And if you all would like to have more people using Linux or boasting about it, maybe you should help more. I drop a comprehensive question on a Windows forum and I get atleast 1 response, whether it is the right answer or not. As I look an through these forums, there is really not a response to anything. I am not taking this general question or post I just did and basing my whole flame here on it. I have put questions on many forum's about many different things and since it is a newbie asking or a newbie question it goes untouched and over looked. I have even gotten flamed, "Go back to your Windows you dumb a$$. If you can't figure that out, you don't belong here." Sorry that I am just supposed to "know." Even when you all were trying out Windows for the first time, you probably had stupid questions too.

All I needed was a place to be pointed to that dealt with this situation. Just wanted to say thanks.
Hmmm...
Waiting 12 hours. Long? Hmm...But the problem with your driver looks a bit complicated. The drivers are provided in rpm format, compiled for specific kernel version. Making it to work with a distro other that RH or SUSE (or even different versions) will be painful. If possible, change to one of those listed on adaptec website. When it's installed, just follow the instructions given.
 
Old 04-20-2002, 04:02 PM   #5
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Quote:
Previously posted by Mara
Hmmm...
Waiting 12 hours. Long? Hmm...
I waited 24hrs.. in most of the forums I frequent, that is long. Being that 1000's of people are looking every hour, from every country in the world at all hours of the day.

Slack is kaput... Mandrake can't seem to understand the partition table, or should I say, a RAID 5 format. Red hat starts but then gets a kernel panic.

Well, so far, linux r0x. *cough cough*

I am not giving up tho. I want a linux OS to work.
 
Old 04-20-2002, 04:38 PM   #6
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which boot disk image are you using to start the install?
http://www.slackware.com/install/bootdisk.php
 
Old 04-20-2002, 05:09 PM   #7
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Arrow Re: Boot Disk

scsi.s boot disk made from DOS.

From what I understand, the kernel 2.4.5 is the one for Slackware 8.0. I can't find anywere where it says it has direct support for the 2100S. Is this true? But, in either case... the dpt_i20 driver is the default for all (most) of thier SCSI/RAID controllers. Since Mandrake 8.2 (2.4.18) seemed to detect it ok, just not even understand that I had no partitions on the disk or even be able to read the RAID 5 array. Funny thing is, today at work, my co-worker and I installed Mandrake 8.2 with one drive on the 2100S, no RAID, no nothing, just a bare drive with no problems. I am guessing reading the ARRAY is the problem?

[edit] btw, I am rebuilding my array at this time, just incase for some reason, it was screwed up. [/edit]

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