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Old 11-16-2003, 07:38 AM   #1
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Can i use the Red-hat, Suse driver modules for my rocketraid 454 in Slackware?


I want to set up a Slackware raid 5 file server. Problem is that the raid controller i use(Highpoint rocketraid 454) only has driver modules for Suse (7.1-8.2) and Red-Hat(7.0-9.0), which use other kernels(till 2.4.20), while my Slackware version(9.1) has kernel 2.4.22.
Is it possible to "translate" the installation instructions for Suse en RedHat to Slackware, if i use the most recent kernel module(2.4.20)? Or does it give conflicts if i use a 2.4.20 kernel module in a 2.4.22 kernel?
Hope not cause Suse and RedHat suck, and i'd hate to leave my beloved Slackware.

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Old 11-16-2003, 05:34 PM   #2
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"Is it possible to "translate" the installation instructions for Suse en RedHat to Slackware, if i use the most recent kernel module(2.4.20)? "

Probably not. Your best bet is to find the source for the driver and compile it against the source for your kernel.

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Old 11-16-2003, 06:29 PM   #3
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Problem is that these drivers are binary only. I already send a mail to Highpoint,, asking them for a Slackware 9.1 driver module(they would have a customer for life ).
Is downgrading to Slackware 9.0 a option? Because 9.0 uses kernel 2.2.20, for which there are driver modules available on their website. Or are there more problems when i use Suse-RedHat drivers under Slackware?

/me will sooner switch to FreeBSD for his fileserver, then to use RedHat or Suse.
 
Old 11-16-2003, 07:38 PM   #4
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You don't have to downgrade the whole Distribution just because you want a lower Kernel.

Just get the tgz from a slackware-mirror of your choice in the slackware-9.0/slackware/k folder

PS: you might also be lucky with rmp2tgz when you convert the RPM.

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Old 11-16-2003, 07:50 PM   #5
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"Problem is that these drivers are binary only"

These modules were compiled against some kernel source. They will work with the corresponding kernel binary. It is not impossible that they will work with another kernel but unlikely.

Another possible option is to try using the entire kernel that the driver was compiled for. You could try setting up a SuSE or Red Hat kernel as a dual boot on your Slackware system. If the foreign kernel actually works on Slackware (its possible) then you could run the HighPoint driver with the foreign kernel.

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Old 11-16-2003, 09:43 PM   #6
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Did you try to boot from the install-kernel called ataraid.i ? Kernel 2.4.22 has support for Highpoint 374 chipsets (used on your controller) and the ataraid.i kernel has support compiled in I believe.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 06:20 AM   #7
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Just got a message from Highpoint that they supply there driver as open source software.
Thank you Highpoint!
 
  


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