I have a Asus A8V Deluxe mobo and I'm trying also to install Linux (Fedora Core 4) on the VIA VT8237 SATA RAID1 (2x 80 GB disks).
I've downloaded this driver package
(the first one).
Unzipped it, and read the file driverdisk.txt:
I used the procedure descripted for RedHat 9, I think it has to work with (the newer) Fedora too?
1). RedHat 9.0
There is a standard way to create RedHat driver disk, I've put it
into a script, dd.sh, which has been mentioned in the readme.txt.
a). run ./dd.sh, you will get a image file named viamraid.img
b). Insert a blank floppy, and run
#dd if=driverdisk/viamraid.img of=/dev/fd0
the driver disk is ready.
c). Install RedHat9.0, boot from RH9.0 cd, when it prompt: "boot:",
type "linux expert", then following the install instructions.
First of all, running the script gave me a lot of errors. I saw there is already a pre-compiled floppy image (in dir DriverDisk), so I used this one to write the floppy.
When I boot of the FC4 installation dvd, I type "Linux expert" at the boot prompt, but nothing seems to happen. By default, the FC4 setup loads die via_sata drivers, so both drives are reconized seperately.
I rebooted again with the FC4 dvd and typed now "linux dd".
Indeed, now I was prompted in the setup for a driverdisk. But the installation setup said me there was no device found for the driver disk. But I could manualy choose the driver, called something like Raid via (viamraid).
But no disks nor raid 1 setup was reconized by the system.