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Old 04-07-2006, 01:46 PM   #16
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Promise FastTrak 378 RAID controller + Linux

Originally Posted by bbking

in case anybody has the same problem as I had:
Just bought a new Asus P4P800-E Deluxe Motherboard and wanted to use the onboard Promise FastTrak 378 RAID controller.
On the driver cd there was only a driver for Redhat 8 and 9
So I was painfully searching for a driver suitable for SuSE....the Promise website doesn't even mention my controller, so I was scratching my head...

-> anyway, go to the Promise website, choose Promise SATA-RAID-Controller (TX-4000) from the products and choose your distro.
download the archive, it is suitable for the following controllers:
FastTrak S150 TX4 or
FastTrak S150 TX2plus or
FastTrak 376 or
FastTrak 378 or
FastTrak TX4000

with SuSE you press F3 at the boot menu and it will ask you later on for a driver disk. It just loads the drivers fine and that's it!

I hope, this helps, I spent about 3 days looking for this....
Just wondering, will this driver work with SuSE 10.0? I'm trying to set up my Alienware Laptop with Linux SuSE 10 on a RAID 0 array which has Windows XP pro currently installed, and have so far been unsuccessful. Basically I have a RAID 0 array spanned across two 100 gig hard drives which are then partitioned into two separate drives. I'd like to make some room for linux on this setup so I can dual boot.

Any thoughts or suggestions/instruction on this would be greatly appreciated.
Old 06-18-2006, 12:37 PM   #17
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Just ran a serch here after leaving a note at promise, I've got the same motherboard and am installing Suse 10.1, it can't find my hard drive at this time. I think you saved me some work, I'll download and try again.
Old 10-15-2006, 01:17 PM   #18
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Unhappy RE: Promise 378

I too have a promise 378 device. Here is the lodown insofar.

the device is
02:04.0 RAID bus controller: Promise Technology, Inc. PDC20378 (FastTrak 378/SATA 378) (rev 02)

built into my kernel is the following
Brain ~ # cat ../linux/.config | grep PROMISE
Brain pdc # cat ../linux/.config | grep PD
# CONFIG_ARPD is not set
Brain ~ # cat ../linux/.config | grep SX
Brain ~ #
And as if this I still am unable to see the two 40G drives (that have data on them)

The bios is set to IDE S+ATA mode (I had it set to P+ATA & S+ATA mode and that didn't work).

Yet a
Brain pdc # cat /proc/partitions
major minor  #blocks  name

   3     0   78150744 hda
   3     1      96358 hda1
   3     2    4000185 hda2
   3     3    4000185 hda3
   3     4          1 hda4
   3     5   70051401 hda5
   3    64   78150744 hdb
   3    65   74605828 hdb1
   3    66     996030 hdb2
   3    67    2546302 hdb3
  33     0    8257032 hde
  33     1    8249346 hde1
  33    64   58615704 hdf
  33    65   58613121 hdf1
  34     0   18807768 hdg
  34     1   18801688 hdg1
  34    64   10547712 hdh
  34    65   10546641 hdh1
Brain pdc #
doesn't show me any sdX devices (I had one drive hooked up before and was able to see it as sd1. When the system boots I *DO* see D0 and D1. It's just my fresh gentoo install isn't seeing it.

P.S. I'm someone of an old hand when it comes to stuff I've used RH6/6.0/6.1/6.2 Slack8/9/10/10.1 and I've been using Gentoo now exclusively for more then 14 months .... this has got me totally baffled .... I know I am missing something but I just can't think of what it is ....


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