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Old 02-06-2004, 02:55 PM   #1
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HELP! IS this posible: MDK 9.2 +promise20276 with RAID0 imporatnt!!, please.

Hello. I`m trying to find out how to instal mandrake 9.2 as a secound system (1 is Win xp).
I have a unusual configuration: 2xHdd 80MB in RAID 0 (stripping mode)
The controler is - PROMISE 20276. Does any one have an idea how to make it work??? I can`t install raid drivers.

The only instructions i could find was:

PROMISE FastTrak Series Linux Driver
For Mandrake Linux 9.0
Version [11/18/2002]


1.1 Foreword

This procedure applies to all Promise FastTrak Series adapters and
onboard chipsets running under the RedHat Linux operating systems.
Do NOT use this procedure for other versions of Linux.

1.2 Support List

PDC20262 FastTrak66
PDC20265R FastTrak100 Lite/SMARAID
PDC20267 FastTrak100
PDC20270 FastTrak LP/TX2/TX4
PDC20271 FastTrak TX2000
PDC20276 MBFastTrak133 Lite
PDC20277 SBFastTrak133 Lite
Mandrake 9.0 (kernel 2.4.19-16)

1.3 Prepare a Driver Diskette

You will use a diskette to load the new Linux driver onto your PC.

1) Obtain a new, formatted diskette and label it "FastTrak Driver Disk."
Insert it into your PC's floppy drive.

2) Extract the contents of the driver file you downloaded from the
Promise website onto your floppy disk. Use either WinZIP in Windows or
Unzip in Linux to extract the files.


2.1 To install the FastTrak Series Linux Driver into an EXISTING SYSTEM:

1.) Boot linux system and login as root.

2.) Insert FastTrak Driver Disk ; issuing following commands :
# mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
# cd /mnt/floppy
# sh install (Answer Yes/No when inquire setup configuration)

You can answer Yes to bind FastTrak driver into linux booting.

# cd ..
# umount /dev/fd0

NOTE: Due to the Linux kernel misidentifying the FastTrak card, all IDE
channels except onboard IDE are disabled. To enable the other IDE channels,
remove the line "ide2=0 ide3=0 ide4=0 ide5=0 ide6=0 ide7=0 ide8=0 ide9=0"
in /etc/lilo.conf or /boot/grub/grub.conf.

3.) Reboot Mandrake linux system.

2.2 To install the FastTrak Series Linux Driver into a NEW SYSTEM

1.) Start the Mandrake Linux installation with CD-ROM booting.

2.) At the Mandrake Linux installation screen appear, Press F1.

3.) Append parameters (see Note 1 below) at the "boot:" prompt,
then press the Enter key.

4.) When "If you want to insert third-party kernel modules?"
message appear, Please select "No" to continue install.

5.) Press Ctrl-Alt-F2 at language selection menu, insert the
FastTrak Driver Disk in the floppy drive.

6.) Issue following commands to load FastTrak module, Because
Mandrake linux not initial floppy device at startup.
# modprobe floppy
# mkdir /floppy
# mount -t ext2 /dev/fd0 /floppy (Extract from linux)
or mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /floppy (Extract from Windows)
# cd /floppy
# sh floppy.fix
# cd /
# umount /floppy

7.) Then Press Ctrl-Alt-F7 and proceed with the install.

8.) When installation at "Install bootloader" menu, click "Advanced"
button then click "OK" button. If you have multi-boot items, please
select each ertries then click "Modify" button, append kernel
parameters at Append field.
(see NOTE 2 below)

9.) Push "OK" button then push "Done" botton. Continue to proceed with
the install.

10.) Press Ctrl-Alt-F2 when installation at the Final step(Congratulations,
installation is complete)

11.) Insert the FastTrak Driver Disk floppy, Issue commands to load FastTrak
# chroot /mnt/
# mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
# cd /mnt/floppy
# sh setup-ft

12.) Choose your selection here, after FastTrak driver setup successful.
# cd /
# umount /mnt/floppy
# exit

13.) Please press Ctrl-Alt-F7 and push "OK" button to finish the installation.


Linux Kernels 2.4.x misidentify Promise ATA-RAID controllers as simple
IDE controllers. This results in the built-in Linux IDE driver trying to
handle the controller and can prevent the proper FastTrak ATA RAID driver
from loading.

Follow the installation instructions AND the parameter commands referred
to below section. This status we called "IDE issue".

1.) "linux ide0=0x1f0,0x3f6,14 ide1=0x170,0x376,15 ide2=0 ide3=0 ide4=0
ide5=0 ide6=0 ide7=0 ide8=0 ide9=0 expert"

2.) "ide0=0x1f0,0x3f6,14 ide1=0x170,0x376,15 ide2=0 ide3=0 ide4=0 ide5=0
ide6=0 ide7=0 ide8=0 ide9=0"

But unliky it doesn`t work becouse it is instruction forFor Mandrake Linux 9.0. I`m not sure if that is for RAID 0 is it?
Than You for helping.
With regreads Marcin Rafalski


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