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Old 10-07-2005, 12:47 PM   #1
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Fedora core 4 SATA 3114 with raid 0

I recently purchased a second SATA hard drive just like my first and I used the Raid controller built onto my motherboard. I set up a raid 0 using the bios configuration and then installed windows 2k. Everything works fine in windows it installed and I have seen a 20% increase in speed, I saved 1/2 of the space on my raid array for linux thinking the install would be simple... well after many hours of looking for a solution I have not found one. When I go to the install Linux wants to erase everything so I say no and go to disk druid to set up my partitions and all I can see is the windows partition and now free space on the drive. Then I exited the install and went to windows and partitioned the rest of the drive in Windows thinking maybe it would see the extra partition and then i could delete it and set up my partitions, no go.... It claims I don't even have a hard drive any more!!! I don't know what to do anyone have any Ideas? or am I just doomed never to have a duel boot system on a raid 0.

by the way my raid controller is a Silicon Image SATA 3114 Controller

Thank you for your time

Old 10-29-2005, 07:21 AM   #2
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Same problem here. Any help would be appreciated

PS: One more question....I have a third HD out of the RAID, could work a dual boot configuration between RAID and the third HD ? Thanx a lot!
Old 11-01-2005, 10:00 AM   #3
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same problem

I have the same problem. Can't seem to find anything on the net related to this.

I have:

Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
AMD 64 3000+
2x WD SATA 80gb Hard-drives in Raid 0 setup (XP setup formatted NTFS)
1x WD IDE 20gb Hard-drive (want Linux on this, HD is formatted FAT)

I want to be able to install linux on my 20gb drive without messing up my XP install. Looking for a HOW-to on this. When I install FC4, the installer wants me to delete my raid 0 setup.

Anyone know of a linux distro that will see this setup? I heard Suse 10.0 does this easily. I want to stick with Fedora though.

Some help would be great.
Old 11-01-2005, 10:20 AM   #4
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before you formatted the 'Spare partition' with windows, are you sure the partition you saw with linux was the windows one? the default kernel for fc4 doesn't recognise NTFS file systems, so if you boot bac to windows and reformat the spare partition to fat32 or just delete the partition and re-build the partition, this time without formatting it after re-build, this way the file system will be raw and linux will find it fine, one you get linux up has a good bit to help you setup so linux can see your win drives (NTFS)

hope this helps a bit
Old 07-06-2006, 09:53 PM   #5
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I have a Silicon Image 3112 RAID chip integrated on my abit board. I dual boot between Fedora core 1 and XP with GRUB as my bootloader. I started with vendor provided RAID drivers for Redhat 9 and then upgraded to fedora core 1 (but I did not upgrade the kernel.. still running the stock redhat 9 kernel 2.4.20-8.

I noticed recently that there is a new driver posted on Silicon Image's website for SIL3112 chips for Fedora core 3 (
I haven't given it a try yet but I'm tempted. If this works on a 2.6 generation kernel, I'd be thrilled.. that would mean that you could use YUM to update all the way to FC5.

Anyone feeling adventurous?

Anthony Krishock
Old 12-21-2006, 01:33 PM   #6
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Succesfull install with your SIL 3114 ????

HI, ...Silicon guys

I'm looking for a Linux version with which I can use some Window emulation, simulation, virtualization ...whatsoever to keep runing some Windows soft for a while.

Problem is I only have a Silicon 3114 SATA controler with SATA HD.
The only distro so far that ran fine was Mandrake 10.0 RC1 (AMD64) ...removed since.
I've been trying to install some more recent version without success, in order to test my Win softs.
got install problems with...
1) MANDRIVA FREE 2007 Mini
error message: paq. maudi-fw AND acpid missing (?)
(missing from my fresh burned ISO CD ?)
2) XANDROS 4.1 pro Install TRIAL 30d.
Error 4000, cannot find hardrive. (?)
(How come Mandriva finds it, hey !)
3) I would like to try Fedora 6. or MEPIS, but it seems - looking at each compatible HardW List, that all recent versions won't include a driver for the Sil 3114.... until a 2008 version comes in !

Recently Windows Vista64 gave such an install problem not accepting my unsigned certifed warrantied dignified Silicon driver ! Booooouhhhhh

So well, I keep dual booting on Xp, still, Thanks Mr Gate, where would I be without you ?

(Playing on a Mac ?)

Trying several Install would not be a problem if I didn't have to burn so many CD-R !!!!


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Old 12-21-2006, 06:56 PM   #7
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go for fedora for now

get a Fedora dvd, It will have the driver for sata_sil_3114. as far as the acpi problems,,,,thats in your bios... toggle the acpi on or off to get the install to work, possibly should be on. otherwise the distro "should" have some form of cheatcode such as noacpi, no lacpi, or otherwise. I have fedora6 amd64 sata dvd, and although install was quirky, It was the only distro to install for me.
PS... see for a free windowing emulator, if your program is not supported by wine, then check cedeaga (the new wineX) for something little like 5$ month they will work to make your software work on linux.

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Old 12-22-2006, 06:59 AM   #8
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Still no NCQ support for that controller/chipset though.
Old 12-23-2006, 05:42 AM   #9
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MEPIS 6 running as Test


...haven't got a DVDR at hand so I will postpone a trial with Fedora,
but that's number 1 on the list since Mandriva doesn't help enuff

...Meanwhile I found THE distro that works quite good for me, burning my last CDR !

* * * SimplyMepis 6.0 Free i386 CD. * * *

It runs as a live CD so far, but recognized everything in a snap, SATA S 3114 controler, NVia FX5200 controler and Flatron Monitor - and could configure those right, that's the dif. with other Distro.

It even gave me an instant access to the Net !

All this without even filling up usual questions about HDW or config stuff.
I'M VERY IMPRESSED how a little distro made it where many others fails

I'm about to burn it to the HD next , and finally see if/how I can make the move to Linux with all Win apli. I use. !

Thanks for advises though !
* if your looking for a snap instal for your ABIT KV8-MAX3 Mobo. go for MEPIS 6.0, at least for a start

Old 01-01-2007, 08:29 PM   #10
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You may want to try Ubuntu Its very Reliable and has excellent driver support I use it on my pc with the silicon chipset.
Old 01-02-2007, 05:40 AM   #11
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Preparing for the use of a second Monitor

Hi averagejoe84,

Thanks for your Info, It's seems to be a very popular distro, no wonder why !!

Yet, do you know if that's a real 64bits or just a 32 bits compatible/64 proc. ?

I read... : asus ATI X700 256mb pci Express,

I'm looking too eventualy to buy a second (or should I say first in my case) Linux-compatible PCI video card, I'm planing conneting a second Monitor to run both at a time. (dev. workstation).

Is that asus ATI X700 256mb pci Express, an added PCI card ?
Did Umbutu recognized it at first, or was it a bit of extra work to do ?

Finaly, what is the MAX. resolution you could set it up to work at a minimum of 70HZ or 75Hz Vertical refresh Rate ?
1280x ?
1600x ?

Thanks again !!!

I haven't installed yet any Linux Distro beside XP, I'm trying to get my hand on partimage to have a recovery tool first.
(It seems abscent from several systemrescue-CD claiming it's included ?!!!)
Old 01-06-2007, 12:45 PM   #12
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Not sure if this is going to be useful to anyone, but I'll toss it out there.

If you're trying to run Linux on HARDWARE RAID-0, your best bet is to go to Silicon Image's website and find yourself a RAID driver. Last time I looked, they support Fedora and, I think, SUSE. That's about it. "Driver support" in a distribution is misleading. Usually, that means that if there is a single drive (NOT a RAID array) present on the controller, the distribution's installer might detect it. Even that is hit-or-miss most of the time.

If You'd like to dual boot XP & Linux on your HARDWARE RAID controller, it's do-able, but the same statements as above apply.

As far as RAID is concerned, SOFTWARE RAID is available from most of the "big" linux distributions, and, unless someone has data to show otherwise, the performance will not be up to the level you could get from hardware implementations. And you would only be able to run Linux.. forget about dual booting.

Running linux on hardware raid controllers seems to have been abandoned by the linux community. If you're lucky, the controller manufacturers will support it, or you might find open source drivers (but forget about anyone helping you). The party line seems to be "run software RAID".

Hope this helps
Old 01-11-2007, 03:04 PM   #13
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The X700 worked great when I had it but I would recommend something like a 6800gt or some other NVidia card as there drive support is better for gaming and such. I Sold my x700 a while ago. Currently I use a TI4200 on my duel opteron for duel displays. It works great!

Good luck - Let me know if you need any help.

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The controller that you are using uses software RAID. In order to see your RAID array, you will have to tell the installer to run dmraid. Before doing this, I recommend backing up your data. I recommend using RAID-1 (mirroring) instead of RAID-0 (striping). RAID-0 has 2*n chances of losing your data.


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