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Old 02-27-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
casperove
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Question Connecting to a USB floppy drive


Hello,

I am very new to this. I have a HP Proliant DL180 G6 server with 2 HDD (RAID 1+0) which I installed Red Hat Linux 5.0.3 Ent. on but the RAID is not working as RAID, and I beleive that the problem is driver issue and I need to install the driver as said in his link:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...5&mode=4&idx=1

but my problem is that the floppy drive is USB and the command:
cp -a /tmp/ramfs/DD-0 /mnt/sysimage/tmp
is not working due to invalid parameter, I think "DD-0"

Please can anyone help to fix this command to be compatible with USB floppy drive?

Regards,
 
Old 02-27-2013, 06:58 AM   #2
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the current kernels do not automatically look for a 3.5 in floppy any longer

none have been made in a few years now and sony closed the last factory to make the 3.5 in disks

so you need to manually run
Code:
su -
modeprobe floppy
first
before you try to mount it
Code:
su -
mkdir /mnt/floppy
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
Quote:
installed Red Hat Linux 5
from the post i take it this is RHEL 5.3
you are aware that the current version in the older 5 series is RHEL 5.9

it might be advisable to upgrade to 5.9

after all you are paying a lot of cash for the server license

Last edited by John VV; 02-27-2013 at 07:02 AM.
 
Old 02-27-2013, 07:41 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by John VV View Post
the current kernels do not automatically look for a 3.5 in floppy any longer

none have been made in a few years now and sony closed the last factory to make the 3.5 in disks

so you need to manually run
Code:
su -
modeprobe floppy
first
before you try to mount it
Code:
su -
mkdir /mnt/floppy
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy

from the post i take it this is RHEL 5.3
you are aware that the current version in the older 5 series is RHEL 5.9

it might be advisable to upgrade to 5.9

after all you are paying a lot of cash for the server license

Thank you John.
Then, can I continue normal using this in order to install the driver from the floppy:

cp -a /tmp/ramfs/DD-0 /mnt/sysimage/tmp
chroot /mnt/sysimage
cd /tmp/DD-0
sh ./fix_driver_order
cd /
press CTRL+ALT_F6 and click reboot
 
Old 02-27-2013, 02:11 PM   #4
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if the driver on the 3.5 in floppy is called "DD-0"

and you do mount the floppy to "/tmp/ramfs"

so
from the instructions in post one
1)
hpahcisr-<version>.rhel5.x86_64.dd.gz
you have that gzip file
2)
"hpahcisr-<version>.rhel5.x86_64.dd"
and extracted that file
3)
Code:
dd if=hpahcisr-<version>.rhel5.x86_64.dd  of=/dev/fd0 bs=1440k
and you HAVE put it on a 1.4 meg 3.5 in floppy
( using any old computer with a 3.5 in floppy that is built in -- as in an IDE drive )
if not a built in ide drive "/dev/fd0" will be where ever you mount it to
4)
then install from the floppy
if the usb1 floppy is mounting during install to " /tmp/ramfs/DD-0"

You do know you can use a usb thumb drive or even a cd
instead of a old usb1 floppy drive

Have you contacted red hat tech support
this is a server install and you are paying a lot of cash for the required server license
https://www.redhat.com/wapps/store/catalog.html
you might want to use the support contract and ask them for help

Last edited by John VV; 02-27-2013 at 02:12 PM.
 
  


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