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Old 11-18-2003, 12:52 PM   #1
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How to install linux on a no-default-install-kernel-compatible controller ?

Hello everyone,

I work with a Red Hat 8.0 on a Compaq ML330 with a Smart Array 641 ("cciss") wich do RAID5.

I would like to install a Debian on it, but the default kernel doesn't seem to have the cciss driver in it.

So my question is :

How to start a Debian install with a custom kernel (on a floppy perhaps ?) ?

Is a "Red Hat kernel" compliant with other distribution ? I mean can i copy a RH 8 compiled kernel into a Debian (exemple) file system and boot with it ?

Is it possible to load a module from a .o file ? Even if it's compiled with another kernel/gcc/distrib ?


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Old 11-18-2003, 05:34 PM   #2
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Did you try booting the Debian installer with the bf24 option (so that the 2.4.18 kernel is used instead of the old 2.2 kernel)? If it still isn't available with the stock 2.4.18 Debian kernel I guess you could make your own kernel and create Debian boot floppies with your new kernel one instead of the Debian one.


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Old 11-20-2003, 04:37 AM   #3
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I launch the testing/unstable Debian network CD installation, it's a 2.4.22-1 kernel. (bf24 option doesn't seem to exist with this CD)

On RedHat I launch a 2.4.20 kernel and it's works.

I try to load the Red Hat compiled module by copy it on a floppy, them reboot with Debian install CD and "cp ciss.o /lib/modules/2.4.22/kernel/drivers/block". But it doesn't work [Lot of "unresolved symbol" ]. I try with "insmod", "insmod -f" and "modprobe cciss".

So i'll try to create a custom Debian Boot floppies and come back to say if it works....




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