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Old 05-22-2003, 11:43 AM   #1
laurentbon
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Slacware and 3ware card


Please, help!
I want to install Slackware 9 on a server with an 3ware Escalade 7500 card. There is no previous installation of linux on the server.

How can I do that? Anyone has done a similar thing?
Thanks for your help

Laurent
 
Old 05-22-2003, 12:31 PM   #2
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I have a 3ware 6000 series card running.

First thing you should do is configure the raid you will be using with your card (using its bios) with all the drives you will be attaching to that card.

Once that is done, check if your LINUX install has scsi support, and 3ware support.

If you have a native Slackware install, you can check /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/scsi for a module called 3w-xxxx.o. If you have it, you just need to load it with modprobe, and make sure you allow it to load at boot time as well (i.e. edit the necessary rc. file under /etc/rc.d).

Otherwise, if you do not have the module available, you have to recompile your kernel with SCSI support, and enable the 3ware ATA-RAID support under SCSI low-level drivers.

Once you load the module, check the output of dmesg to see if the module loaded the card appropriately. You can do something like this: dmesg | more (and search for 3ware), or dmesg | tail -n 10 .

If the module loads appropriately, you will see a message like this:

scsi0 : Found a 3ware Storage Controller at 0x9800, IRQ: 11, P-chip: 5.7
scsi0 : 3ware Storage Controller
Vendor: 3ware Model: 3w-xxxx Rev: 1.0
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 00
Attached scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
SCSI device sda: 80373760 512-byte hdwr sectors (41151 MB)
/dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: unknown partition table



From that point on, you should have your device ready for format and then mount. As you can see from the message above, my 3ware card configured my raid under /dev/sda, so check where yours is set, and then you should be able to format the partition with your favorite FS, and then mount it.


The last thing you should do, is go to the 3ware site (or check your CD) for the 3DM tool for your card and install it. It is a pretty simple tool that monitors and manages the card via a web browser.


Hope this helps,


GL
 
Old 05-22-2003, 12:58 PM   #3
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Thanls LNXman!

However, I don't have a linux installation on this machine yet! I need to install slack from the cd.
RH8 allows you to load the driver from a floppy prior to install but slack doesn't seem to let you do that as far as I can see..

Did you install your slack from an existing linux distro or from fresh?

Thanks for helping! I couldn't find anything retated to my problem anywhere and any tip is very valuable!

L
 
Old 05-22-2003, 01:10 PM   #4
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You have sorted me LNXman!!!

It is much easier than that!
From the slackware cd, just need to boot with the kernel name 'raid.s' at start up.
That will recognise the raid card and also the disks on '/dev/sda' ...
Just need to do a normal install after that!!
Thank you v much for unmlocking the problem!

L
 
Old 05-22-2003, 02:55 PM   #5
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Great to hear that. When I installed my 3ware card, I used Slackware 8.0, and did it from scratch since Slackware 8.0 did not have a raid kernel install at the time. Regardless, it was not too tough to do . . .

Congrats. . .

L8

UPDATE: You know what, after verifying the Slackware 8.0 release I see a 3ware.s kernel which I may have missed during my old install. . . BLECK!


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Old 05-22-2003, 09:15 PM   #6
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Unhappy insmod error

hi,
I am running Slackware 9.0 and have a realtek network card.
For some reason the drivers are not loaded when the system boots. it tries 8139cp.0gz,8139too.o.gz i810....
and gives an "insmod error"
I tried to configure the network setup manually using "netconfig"
the "probe" comes up with 8139too.o.gz but i still cannot connect to internet domain being fine.

Also,I have a Cnet pro card but its never recognized...
Suggestion.Advice are welcome..
Thanks in advance
--ws
 
Old 05-23-2003, 09:56 AM   #7
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Quote:
UPDATE: You know what, after verifying the Slackware 8.0 release I see a 3ware.s kernel which I may have missed during my old install. . . BLECK!
I was going for a full compilation until I understood that I could use ataraid.s and that drives where on /dev/sda...

They say RTFM (read the fu***ing manual) but that is when there is one! I didn't find any explanation anywhere about the different kernel type or anything...
 
Old 05-23-2003, 12:25 PM   #8
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Re: insmod error

Quote:
Originally posted by ws2030
hi,
I am running Slackware 9.0 and have a realtek network card.
For some reason the drivers are not loaded when the system boots. it tries 8139cp.0gz,8139too.o.gz i810....
and gives an "insmod error"
I tried to configure the network setup manually using "netconfig"
the "probe" comes up with 8139too.o.gz but i still cannot connect to internet domain being fine.

Also,I have a Cnet pro card but its never recognized...
Suggestion.Advice are welcome..
Thanks in advance
--ws
First, why would the boot sequence go through multiple modules to load your card? Did you set it up that way?

Second, I would suggest to give a little error information returned by insmod, or modprobe.

GL

Last, if you say that netconfig finds your card, and I assume the driver loads fine since you are not noting that, then I can assume, your problem lies with how your driver is loading.

I am not using Slackware 9.0 (yet), but I would suggest to check your rc.modules file under /etc/rc.d, make sure no network card modules are being loaded (i.e. comment out the network card module lines with a #). Then, check your rc.netdevice under /etc/rc.d, and see whether your module (8139too.o) is being loaded by modprobe.
You should see a line like this:
/sbin/modprobe 8139too

Once you verify the changes, reboot, and see what happens. If you are still having issues, then reply with the errors you get, or try to describe your problem.
 
Old 05-23-2003, 12:39 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by laurentbon
I was going for a full compilation until I understood that I could use ataraid.s and that drives where on /dev/sda...

They say RTFM (read the fu***ing manual) but that is when there is one! I didn't find any explanation anywhere about the different kernel type or anything...

Sometimes finding information is not very intuitive, and a lot of times you encounter people who would rather tell you to RTFM, instead of pointing you to the actual source of information. I always find that interesting.

In my case, I have been using Slackware since late '94, and by now I know so much about it, and it is A LOT easier to put together, that I don't bother looking for information anymore unless it is something I have never dealt with before, or I need a reference for a refresher.

Funny though, because once in a while I would get the job done, just to later realize I could have done it a lot easier. . . .

In any case, I don't think you will encounter a lot of people with that attitude in this form, since a lot of Slackware forum members seem to like to help other users in need.


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