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Old 10-25-2003, 12:59 PM   #1
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Unhappy sata raid 5 promise sx4??


Umm has anyone gotten this to work>?
I know theres no driver from promise but i was just curious if any oh you experianced coders or driver makers made something unofficial to work.

I have sata promise s150 sx4 card
4 wd raptors 10,000
in raid 5 one hot spare

please someone help,i really dont want to install red hat

FreeBSD drivers are "comeing soon" so say promise website...i may tolerate that but in mean time i have a really nice box that i cant do anything with.


Any and all advice welcomed,

thanx

 
Old 10-28-2003, 02:45 PM   #2
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Eeep! Nearly same situation here: SATA S 150 S(u)X4 card on a D875PBZ Intel board... Intel P-4 2.4G, half-a-gig-o-RAM, RH9, 'drake 9.1, 9.2, SuSE 8.0, blah-blah-blah... No Joy with Promise drivers. The odd bit is that the driver is there and recognised on RedHat boot-up. I can "see" the RAID5 array (3 Raptors) with their silly li'l "utility" proggy in Gnome GUI as well as straight from a command prompt. But as soon as I try initialising it, the system hangs like Guy. I'm less-than pleased at spending nearly $200 of a clients' cash for a THINGIE with no way to get hooks on working drivers, let alone sourcecode. I'm bald already so there's no "hair pulling" option on this'n. And to think I gave up a perfectly good Adaptec card 'cause it only had two ports.... ARGH!

Nevernevernever again will I contribute to Promise Tech's bottom line. Never.

Ready to go out for two Adaptec cards and settle at RAID-1. And Mandrake9.2, with Webmin updated... 1.110 ROCKS!
 
Old 10-28-2003, 06:12 PM   #3
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damn!
you got farther than i did.

i cant even put the promise drivers onto a floppy...says no room on standard 1.44mb floppy and the driver file is 1.40..so ima bigger noob!


I will continue on in my quest...damn i wish debian wasnt so slow and promise made there shit open source
 
Old 10-29-2003, 04:44 AM   #4
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Format the floppy as ext2 with a Linux box first and then do the rawrite thing... Promise are a buncha wankers. Someone in the open source community is bound to come up with a real answer to this soon, but inna meantime we're (the Noobie Unwashed) doomed to struggle.
 
Old 10-29-2003, 10:44 PM   #5
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ok i used rawrite from windows and pointed to the rh image file for the promise drivers.

worked....found ma card in the list of devices at red hat install but when clicked done...got an error,saying no such file dir or sum shit.Im just gonna try switching my raid cards from windows box:/

try debian again
 
Old 12-07-2003, 07:22 PM   #6
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Thumbs up

woooooootness!

Sort of,
I dissed Debian...didnt want to but had no choice...there too damn far behind the other distros.

Anyways im returning this topic up because i finally got a distro to recognise my 4 sata raptors in raid 5!!

Gentoo...experimental 2.6.0 11,as of ver 9 it has sata capabilities

i have my drives fdisk'd and formatted to xfs and all ready to go.

I am even bootstrapped(started from stage 1)

I will return when all is up and has been running for week or so
 
Old 07-28-2005, 04:21 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by ironwalker
woooooootness!

Sort of,
I dissed Debian...didnt want to but had no choice...there too damn far behind the other distros.

Anyways im returning this topic up because i finally got a distro to recognise my 4 sata raptors in raid 5!!

Gentoo...experimental 2.6.0 11,as of ver 9 it has sata capabilities

i have my drives fdisk'd and formatted to xfs and all ready to go.

I am even bootstrapped(started from stage 1)

I will return when all is up and has been running for week or so
Could you describe what _exactly_ have you done?

I'm now having troubles with SX4-M (exactly same card as SX4 but shipped with memory)+Mandriva 2005 (kernel 2.6.11.6) - it does recognize the card and even loads native driver for it, but instead of RAID5 it sees 3 separate discs (of course i've done raid initialisation and so on)
for now i'm close to give up and use full-software raid
 
Old 07-28-2005, 10:58 PM   #8
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Wow,I forgot about this.
Threads a bit old but you need "mdadm" and setup software raid.

oh and I have long since been back with debian.My gentoo boxes are all good still but have 4 pcs in storage due to a move

Last edited by ironwalker; 07-28-2005 at 11:00 PM.
 
Old 11-15-2005, 03:20 AM   #9
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how did you fix this? im tryinhg to get my s150 SX4-m card online with 4x 300gb sata

still no luck.. system hangs after giving the message setting elcr to 0200 ( from 1e20 )


i really want to get this card online.. since it's so expensive..

my system

amd xp 1700+
os Gentoo linux
kernel 2.6.12-gentoo-r6


thx in advance!!!
 
Old 11-15-2005, 12:04 PM   #10
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Finally i've given up and set up a software raid...
 
  


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