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Old 11-12-2003, 07:19 PM   #61
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I got gentoo install on the following box :

P4 3.0
1GO DDR 800
IDE and SATA Maxtor 120 go 8M0 de cache
No raid on that box
Nvidia Cards

I run the original kernel self compiled. 2.4.22
it works fine a bit slower when i was expected

i got a small question if someone can help :
I couldn't made grub booting from the SATA, even if i can access to the SATA driver after booting on IDE .
any Idea ?

feel free to ask for a .config from the original kernal that works fine with this motherboard.

Old 11-13-2003, 03:34 AM   #62
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Originally posted by taskara
I have read through this entire thread, and it is at least the first glimmer of hope I have seen!

I am using gentoo (oh yeah!) - I am thinking of trying to make a custom live cd that has support for this promise controller built in.

anyone interested, let me know. I finish up at work in a week so I should have some free time on my hands!

thanks guys! let's hope promise officially starts releasing open source drivers!!!!!!!!
I am also very very interrested!!
Old 11-21-2003, 05:13 AM   #63
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yesterday I got an answer from European support:

"At this moment we do not have SuSe 9 drivers for any controller, these will
be released soon.
I will sent you those drivers as soon as they become available."

At least they are releasing modules for the new "mainstream" linux distros

I would really like to know whats the use of driver sources that actually do not work on any OS.
Old 11-22-2003, 08:27 PM   #64
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Promise 378 Frustrations

Asus P4C800-E Deluxe
Promise Fasttrak 378 controller with:

While attempting to install Gentoo 1.4 I have managed to force insmod the ft3xx.o module (version built by Promise for Redhat running kernel 2.4.20. While it complains about not being GPL, etc. the module DOES work and makes /dev/sda available. I have successfully written data to the array, and verified that it's still there after a reboot.
However, I can find no way to install a bootloader to this device. Grub can't seem to see it at all, and when I execute /sbin/lilo, it gives me this:

Fatal: Device 0x0800: Maximum number of sectors is 63, not 246
What exactly does this mean, and how can I get LILO (or any other bootloader) to install?
Old 02-20-2004, 05:26 AM   #65
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I run gentoo linux and use the vanilla sources (2.4.24 and 2.4.25)

I have been using the RAID controller on my P4c800 motherboard for a few weeks now. My root filesystem is under RAID, so I have to use initrd to load the ft3xx.o module before I can mount /

I used the source code ( from the antgel website:

Also make sure that "/usr/src/linux" points to your kernel sources and that you have done a 'make dep'

In 'make menuconfig' under 'Loadable module support', make sure 'Set version information on all module symbls' is disabled or you whenever you try to load the module it will complain about unresolved symbols.

As for initrd, here is a snippet from my grub.conf

title=Vanilla Linux 2.4.25-20-02-04 *** INITRD ***
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vanilla-2.4.25-20-02-04 root=/dev/ram0 initrd init=/linuxrc
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.25-20-02-04.img.gz

And my linuxrc file that resides under / in my initrd image:

echo "Starting execution of /linuxrc"

# Change PATH
export PATH="$PATH:/sbin"

# Root file system location

# Where the old root file-system will be mounted

# Driver module

echo "Loading $DRIVER_MOD"

# Load the driver module
insmod $DRIVER_MOD

echo "Mounting $ROOT_DEV as new root file system"

# Mount the new root file-system
mount -n $ROOT_DEV /new_root

# Change into new root directory
cd /new_root

# Make sure a directory exists to mount the current root at
mkdir -p $OLD_ROOT

echo "Using pivot_root to change to new file system"

# Pivot root
pivot_root . $OLD_ROOT

echo "Starting init"

# Use the new root
exec chroot . /sbin/init </dev/console >/dev/console 2>&1

You have to make up an initrd image and put the required commands and libraries that those commands use. ldd <path_to_binary> can be used to determine what libraries are needed.

Be sure to 'mknod console c 5 1' in /dev of your initrd image.

Hope this helps some people

Old 03-07-2004, 04:48 PM   #66
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Re: Promise 20378

Originally posted by fredo[dk]
You can download Promise 20378 linux drivers from
these are only binaries, and only for RH and suse. same as on the motherboard CD.

"I have a Promise RAID 20376 SATA RAID controller...I'm pleased to report that Promise have now released the driver under the GPL. It is available in the 2.6 kernel. As far as I am aware, this driver shows the 2 drives as separate drives, even if there is a RAID array in the bios. This leaves the user to set up Linux software RAID"

has anyone acutually got the SATA RAID (HARDWARE) working? does the drive show up as one or 2 drives?

gentoo with 2.4 kernel and ft3xx.o (from '') seems to work.. (no real testing yet)

my gentoo 2.6.3 kernel can mount them (SATA drives, RAID controller) individually just fine , 'out-of-the-box' (both show up as sda and sdb), but i can't (yet) confirm any actual RAID mirroring going on yet.

Last edited by fzzy; 03-07-2004 at 04:54 PM.


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