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Old 07-26-2003, 09:23 PM   #1
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Dual boot Xp/Slackware on ATA Raid Controller


Hi everyone,

i having the problems with ATA IDE Raid hdd mounting.

here it goes:

2 HDD (on HPT370 Raid PCI controller without any Raid arrays)

- 1st HDD (60Gb) with XP setup & FAT,NTFS partitions ~ primary OS

- 2nd HDD (40Gb) with Slackware9 ~secondary OS
>> hdb1 - lilo(Bootup) partition
>> hdb2 - Linux SWAP (512mb)
>> hdb3 - Linux Ext3 (/root)
>> hdb4 - Linux Ext (/usr)
>> hdb5 - Linux SWAP (512mb)

3 Optical drives (ie CDrom, DVDrom & CDRW using onboard IDE controller)

I know that my mounting is wrong and it doesnt boot to anything.

What must i do with the Raid controller in order to get Slackware to install since my Raid controller is "not activated" as RAID?


Please help, will greatly appreciated if someone explain in steps to setup a dual boot XP/Slackware on a HPT370 Raid controller.

 
Old 07-27-2003, 05:58 AM   #2
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Old 07-27-2003, 07:40 AM   #3
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I'm no expert and dont have winXP, but a few thoughts as no-one else replied

I guess that you had linux on hdb before, then you installed the new controller card so that you could have 5 drives?

What happens when you try to boot?
What happens with a boot floppy? (you could download and write one from windows with rawrite there are several on the slackware ftp mirrors)
Does the slack installer recognise your hard drives - I assume the linux drive is on hde-hdh probably hdg, so your boot partition would be hdg1.

You will be able to get it working with perseverance, your controller is supported by recent kernels

I don't have any experience with XP/lilo but there must be a lot of posts already on this subject.

I was also wondering why you have 2 swap partitions?
 
Old 07-27-2003, 09:45 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by tobyl
I'm no expert and dont have winXP, but a few thoughts as no-one else replied

I guess that you had linux on hdb before, then you installed the new controller card so that you could have 5 drives?

What happens when you try to boot?
What happens with a boot floppy? (you could download and write one from windows with rawrite there are several on the slackware ftp mirrors)
Does the slack installer recognise your hard drives - I assume the linux drive is on hde-hdh probably hdg, so your boot partition would be hdg1.

You will be able to get it working with perseverance, your controller is supported by recent kernels

I don't have any experience with XP/lilo but there must be a lot of posts already on this subject.

I was also wondering why you have 2 swap partitions?
Thanks for ur reply.

I do not have any linux setup before in my system and the partitions i set is just an intended setup. Even i was in XP using Partition Magic to create those EXT3 & Linux SWAP partitions. all these would facilitate my installation process, but too bad when doing on a non-Raid connection, it doesnt automatically detect I have a Raid card.

I know the "hdb" mounting cmd is wrong since it is on a Raid controller. it will be something like this > "/dev/mr1....." (Not sure about this).

Furthermore, my raid card is used like an additional IDE controller since my mainboard have only 2 channels.

If there's no solution, most probably I'll take out my Raid card & connect only 4 devices to my mainboard

Last edited by wma; 07-27-2003 at 09:48 AM.
 
Old 07-27-2003, 12:18 PM   #5
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Well I still think you could do worse than download a boot floppy from one of the slackware mirrors, ...slackware/slackware-9.0/bootdisks.
I would have thought ataraid.i was a good one to start with. You would need rawrite as well.

also, here is a snippet from the kernel configure.help:

"HPT366/368/370 chipset support
CONFIG_BLK_DEV_HPT366
HPT366 is an Ultra DMA chipset for ATA-66.
HPT368 is an Ultra DMA chipset for ATA-66 RAID Based.
HPT370 is an Ultra DMA chipset for ATA-100.

This driver adds up to 4 more EIDE devices sharing a single
interrupt.

The HPT366 chipset in its current form is bootable. One solution
for this problem are special LILO commands for redirecting the
reference to device 0x80. The other solution is to say Y to "Boot
off-board chipsets first support" (CONFIG_BLK_DEV_OFFBOARD) unless
your mother board has the chipset natively mounted. Regardless one
should use the fore mentioned option and call at LILO or include
"ide=reverse" in LILO's append-line."

Ok, I didn't understand that either, but it implies that you have a chance!

I am guessing that the ataraid.i boot disk has this support.

Alternatively, I suppose you could swap your linux HD with one of the CDR drives?
 
  


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