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Old 05-25-2005, 10:01 AM   #1
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How to get Debian Woody on HP w/Adaptec 2610sa RAID?

Hi all,

I unsuccessfully tried to install Debian Woody on a HP ProLiant ML110 G2.
I used David Kimdon's ďvanilla-3.0.23-mini.isoĒ boot image, but the installer couldnít recognize my storage configuration, saying that thereís no available harddrive in the system.

The server uses an Adaptec 2610sa SerialATA RAID controller, installed on a PCI-X slot. I learned that this controller is an OEM one, unsupported by Adaptec (it doesnít even appear on their lists of controllers).

There are two 80 GB Maxtor HDDs connected to it, and a mirroring partition defined.

I searched for Linux drivers on HPís site, Adaptecís site, driver CD provided, and any other place I could think of, but with no luck.
I will also try to use Debianís CD1 installer (the image is downloading right now) but I donít think itíll make a difference.

Do you have any suggestions? I saw that BSD has drivers that support a large number of controllers from Adaptec (more like a generic driver). Isnít there anything like this for Debian/Linux?

Thanks in advance for your help,
Old 05-25-2005, 11:31 AM   #2
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I'd suggest the new Sarge installer: It has much better hardware support and will be Debian "stable" in a few weeks.
Old 05-25-2005, 05:06 PM   #3
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Thanks, m_yates, I'll give it a try
(unfortunately, the full-CD installer made no difference )

***** Later edit *****

I tried the Sarge installer,, as m_yates suggested, but at hardware detection I receive the error message:

Error while running 'modprobe -v aacraid'

Then, of course, no hard drive is detected

I also did a modprobe in a shell, without the -v switch, but with the same result.
If you have any other suggestions, please let me know.

Last edited by ovidiugm; 05-26-2005 at 03:29 AM.
Old 06-02-2005, 05:10 PM   #4
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You can also have a look at for some tips concerning Debian and HP servers..



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