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Old 08-15-2003, 09:39 AM   #1
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Boot from non-standard disk controller

I've got a new disk controller (Adaptec 1210sa) that is only supported by a few specific distributions - unfortunately not the distribution I use (Slack 9). For the driver, they only provide the binary kernel module - no source. Am I stuck? Are there some creative solutions I could employ? I've read somewhere that driver modules should only be trusted for the specific kernel they've been compiled for.
I need to better understand the boot process (at the HW level) that gets the O/S off the ground. Logically, this is a catch-22. You need the driver to talk to the disk controller, but this driver is on the disk attached to the same controller!! If anyone can point me to a good technical document on this subject, that would be great! -many thanks


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