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Old 01-26-2008, 06:32 PM   #1
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Question How to install drivers in linux?


So around Christmas I thought I'd do myself a favour and add some additional hard drives to my system since I was running out of space. Well, it's a month later and I finally got my system to boot. My initial problem is that I needed a newer kernel to work with the drivers for the SATA RAID card I purchased. I figured I could simply upgrade to Fedora 8 and I'd be on my way. I should have known such an upgrade would not be simple. No matter what I tried I could not get the installer to upgrade.

So I decided it was time to dump the flaky motherboard underlying the system and get one with enough onboard SATA ports to satisfy my need for space. That was also not a wise decision as far as installing linux. I finally got it installed today by putting an old PATA drive in and unplugging the SATA drives until Fedora 8 was installed.

Now that it boots I want to install the driver for the onboard SATA controller. Strangely, I have not been able to find a guide anywhere on how to actually install a device driver (other than video drivers) on a linux distro.

I got the drivers from Asus' website in a big 150MB package with all the drivers I need for the onboard devices but that package doesn't include anything resembling instructions on how to use the drivers in the package aside from recommending the package be burned to a CD and installed from said CD. The file in the package is a .img file.

So how do I do it? How do I install the SATA drivers so I can actually access the drives?

Thanks.
 
Old 01-26-2008, 06:37 PM   #2
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Hmm, strange. I just found a site (http://disparitybit.supersized.org/a...s-summary.html) that claims the default SATA drivers in kernels 2.6.22 and newer will find the SATA controller no problem. The Fedora 8 installer I have uses kernel 2.6.23.14-107 and it can't find the drives.
 
Old 01-30-2008, 11:30 PM   #3
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So nobody on these forums knows how to install a driver?
 
Old 01-31-2008, 07:54 AM   #4
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Not if we don't know what card you have.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 11:49 PM   #5
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What card? There is no card. It's an Asus M2A-VM motherboard with on-board RAID. As mentioned in the link I provided, that means it's a socket AM2 board with an AMD 690G chipset and SB600 southbridge.
 
Old 02-01-2008, 12:13 AM   #6
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The chipset conforms to the basic AHCI standard, you shouldn't need any drivers outside of what is included with the kernel. As long as you aren't trying to use its "RAID" capabilities, it shouldn't need any special attention.
 
Old 02-01-2008, 09:22 AM   #7
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Well, that's precisely it. I am using the RAID capabilities and if I can't use them, well, then, argh!

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Old 02-01-2008, 10:05 AM   #8
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Well, it isn't true RAID, it is software RAID (usually called "fakeraid"), that will always lead to headaches.

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Old 02-01-2008, 11:52 PM   #9
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Well, since no one has an answer for me, I'll hijack my own thread.

Elliott, since you don't consider RAID driver by a chipset to be true RAID, what do you consider to be a true RAID?
 
  


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