Boot from disk on IDE IT8212 raid PCI card
Due to a HD failure on an old motherboard i installed a 80GB IDE drive on a PCI IT8212 IDE/RAID card (motherboard bios supports max 20GB, no update available).
This is the only disk in the machine, I have to install Slack 10.2 on it.
I compiled driver iteraid.o on another machine using kernel 2.4.31 source, put it on a floppy, boot from cdrom (bare.i kernel), mount floppy, insert module, hard drive gets recognized (/dev/sda) ; i can make an fdisk, install Slackware on it.
But the machine won't boot due to lack of driver support for the IT8212 card.
I tried two approaches :
1st approach : compile a new 2.4.31 kernel with IT8212 support (modification of Makefile and config.in in drivers/scsi folder) ; kernel config loaded from the "bare.i" config file with only difference "IT8212F support = yes" under "SCSI low level drivers". Kernel compiles ok, i make a bzImage, put it on floppy. During install, when prompted for kernel selection, i choose kernel from floppy. At reboot, i get lilo, beginning of boot process but system hangs (and screen is "cleared - fully black" when boot hangs so i can't know when or why it hangs)
2nd approach : use bare.i kernel with iteraid.o as module loaded by an initrd. i carefully read manpages for lilo and initrd but various attempts to boot from a floppy failed. to implement initial loading of iteraid.o at system boot from hard drive, i suppose i should get system running first.
Has anybody gone the same way before? Could you hint at a way to get my system running? Any help appreciated.
With best regards,