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Old 05-12-2006, 09:02 AM   #1
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3Ware 9550SX raidcard on slackware 10.2

Hi All,

I'm still pretty new to linux, and trying to get my new server to work with 3ware's 4port 9550SX SATARaid card.

However, this does not seem to be configured in slackware yet. (Tried a whole bunch of kernels.)

After a while I googled this:

The awnser on: "We have a 9550SX controller that we want to use with a Slackware 10.2 system. The system doesn''t see in any way the card. We tried with kernels 2.4 and 2.6. Could we get a boot diskette to use it with that? Thanks a lot."

3Ware was nice enough to post a boot disk to make all the 3ware cards compatible during installation, however, my system does not have a floppy disk

(Only a normal CD-ROM player.)

Does anyone know a workaround without me need to buy/install a normal/usb floppy drive? :-) Would really be apriciated, cause I can't get the .IMG file to boot from a normal CD.

Old 05-12-2006, 11:21 AM   #2
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I don't have such a card, so I can only give you limited info.

You can transform that diskete image into a bootable CD. This is how I did it (I just ran a quick test, but it seems to work):

The image in the site is gziped, so first than anything gunzip it.
I don't know how to use mkisofs nor cdrecord from the command line, so I used K3b (it's in the extras/ in one of the last two Slack CDs, but I'm running current right now...)
Just select a new Data CD project.
Then go to Project -> Edit Boot images... (I'm runing the program in Spanish, so that might not be the exact text).
There you add your gunzipped version of the image.
Make sure it says diskette emulation!
Burn it baby!

There you are, you should be able to boot from that CD.

I know there's a way to do that under the CLI, but I just don't know that way. (Something to do with mkisofs, I guess).

EDIT: Just tried it a little further, and it looks like you may need to use root=/dev/hdc and some other tricky stuff to make it work... not sure how...
maybe burning into the CD a fake root filesystem?

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Old 05-13-2006, 02:11 AM   #3
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Thanks theoffset,
I will give it a try!
Old 05-13-2006, 10:39 AM   #4
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Why not download the driver directly to your disk and recompile the kernel with it?

Should contain everything you need to build your own custom kernel with 3ware support.

Old 05-15-2006, 03:06 AM   #5
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I must admit, I never compiled my own kernel
However, I did read a lot of tutorials and papers about it, so shouldn't be to hard.

I only got the following problem.
The only server I run linux on now is the one with the 3ware raid card. (Which is not supported.)
Can I compile a new kernel using the slackware bootable disk? (In Memory or something?)
Old 05-15-2006, 04:09 AM   #6
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Okay, I got the 3ware drivers running :-)
(Thanks all)
I however now need the slackware rootdisks (without me having a floppydrive.)
How can I burn these to CD?


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