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Old 03-22-2004, 10:21 AM   #1
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red hat 9.0 doesn't recognise my SATA disks in instalation

No hard drives have been found. You probably need to manually choose device drives for the installation to suceed....
I am triyng to install red hat 9.0 in my box but it doesn't recognize my SATA disks ...

I have a ASUS MotherBoard P4S800D
and a Silicon Integrated System Corp. RAID 1 BIOS 964

2 Maxtor SATA DISK's
I want Raid 1 sistem running with SATA Disks ...

So Does any one knows an image to boot linux instalation with the apropriate drives ?

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It looks like Red Hat 9.0 SATA support is dodgy:
Old 03-22-2004, 02:17 PM   #3
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You're not going to be able to run hardware RAID with your current setup. You can map the SATA ports to IDE primary/slave and then do a Software RAID if you just want more space. If you want speed, you're going to have to get a controller card until someone makes an appropriate driver for the Silicon Image stuff.

I just picked up a Promise Fasttrack S150 SX4 for about $150. It's decent - it performs well and works under RH9, but only with the distribution kernel (2.4.20-8) - which is pretty lame if you ask me. It suports up to 4 SATA drives & RAID 0,1,5, and 10 (I'm currently using 5) I hear the 3Ware cards are great, but they're 3 times the price of the Promise card.

edit: also note that the installation instructions for the Promise card have some mistakes that cause things to not work. If you do go that route, feel free to e-mail me and I'll point them out.

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Old 04-26-2004, 06:12 PM   #4
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Promise SATA S150 SX4

I am trying to install a Raid 5 array as the bootable disk for SuSE 9.0, using an ASUS VIA KT600 mainboard.

I was able to get the board up and running as long, configure the array, but I cannot get the SuSE 9.0 installer to recognize it. Has anyone else been able to get any farther?

PS: I used the Kingston Value RAM as listed in the Approved Memory Listing on Promise's web site, and it isn't seeming to give me any problems.

Old 12-12-2004, 01:16 PM   #5
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I had a similar problem with red hat and sata/raid stuff...

I found the solution by fiddling around with the BIOS... only do it if you can reverse it though!!

Out of frustration I changed the BIOS so that SATA-0, SATA-1, SATA-2, SATA-3, PATA-0 and PATA-1 were ON. Initially they were all OFF except SATA-0 and PATA-0. (And it worked..)

Also I set the 'SATA Operation' mode to [RAID-Autodetect / ATA].

I downloaded some secific driver sets for dell computers which deal with a linux driver for ata_piix (not dell specific) of the driver sets from for versions of Red Hat. eg. ata_piix-0.93c-1c.tar.gz (is the main one) you might also need aic79xx-2.0.8-3.tar.gz.

When installing red hat fresh, at boot: type linux dd, when it asks you for a disk, put in an img filed disk that contains the drivers you need, eg. ata_piix which is intel something or other.

!!Make a note of your bios settings b4 u change them and reset them b4 trying windows/or any other os!!


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