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Old 12-24-2002, 02:44 PM   #1
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Installing drivers on Red Hat 8.0 Adaptec SCSI Host Adapter?

Hi there, I'm trying to install the following driver onto my Red Hat 8.0 system so that it can support my Adaptec SCSI Host Adapter 29160N.

I'm a newbie so I don't know how to install drivers on a Linux system.

Here is the driver:


I do the following:

# modprobe st
# rpm -i aic7xxx-6.2.10-rh80.i686.rpm

After that, I try to do the following:

# mt -f /dev/st0 erase

Unfortunately, I get the message:

/dev/st0: No such device

Old 12-24-2002, 04:54 PM   #2
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More on installing this driver...

I also tried to do the following:

# cd /lib/modules/2.4.18-14/kernel/drivers/scsi/aic7xxx
# insmod aic79xx.o

Here's the error that I get:

"aic79xx.o: init_module: No such device
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg"

However, when I install the old aic7xxx driver:

# insmod aic7xxx_old.o

I don't get any error.

Old 12-24-2002, 04:56 PM   #3
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you could try to create it with this

mknod /dev/st0 c 9 0

not sure if it will work though

you should use the driver that gives no errors, and try modprobe instead of insmod

Last edited by DavidPhillips; 12-24-2002 at 05:03 PM.
Old 12-25-2002, 12:20 PM   #4
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Are you certain it's not already supported as-is? RedHat 8.0 uses a pretty new kernel with support for a *lot* of Adaptec SCSI cards built in already. I recently installed it on a machine with an Adaptec U320 SCSI Chipset which was *not* supported in the kernel already and did have to load a _driver_ to get it going. Anything older than that though has been supported straight up so far that I've found. Put the card in, boot from the stock RH 8.0 kernek, type "dmesg" to be sure you don't find a reference to the card. Remember also that there have been 3 or 4 kernel updates since RH 8.0 came out. Latest is 2.4.18-19.8.0 or something like that I think. Upgrade to the latest kernel first since it might have added support for that chipset where the stock kernel didn't.

Good luck!
Old 12-25-2002, 11:18 PM   #5
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I don't have that model, but mine shows this in dmesg, I didn't do anything special. However I dont have a tape drive on it, so I don't know. I just have a CD on mine


just make sure you have this in /etc/modules.conf

alias scsi_hostadapter aic7xxx

then run modprobe aic7xxx

then depmod -ae

Of course that's just the adapter

if the adapter was not loading on boot doing that should fix that problem, so next boot the tape deck should be in dmesg. It may not be st0

Last edited by DavidPhillips; 12-25-2002 at 11:24 PM.


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