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Old 10-20-2002, 06:14 PM   #1
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Question Promisc Raid Controller on a dual AMD box + Slackware 8.1

Hello there.
I've got a bit of a problem.
I bought this dual cpu AMD MP1800+ with Promisc Raid Controller built in.
The problem is this:
When i put in the slackware 8.1 iso cd, it auto boots.
When it prompts me for a boot: i can safely tell it to boot the raid.s kernel, and I do see it detect my controller card nicely.
After I do a full install and try to make the finishing touch to the whole system configuration, Lilo seems to be unable to be installed in the MBR. I decided to make a bootflop.
However, when I boot my computer, it will end in a kernel panic, saying it is not able to mount the partition and kernel.
I seem to fail in telling it it needs to boot from raid.s
There is no other option to tell it to boot with the raid.s from cd.
Even if I copy the kernel raid.s from the cd into the /boot dir on my hdd, it wont load it.
Is the default way to install Linux on a machine, to make it boot the default vmlinuz first, and then recompile a kernel with Raid in it? Cause i cannot get to the point where I cd to /usr/src/linux, simply cause my system wont boot that far.
It will either result in a VFS: kernel panic, or it will boot the bare.i from cd, and drop me into installation mode, which is limited..
Thanks in advance...!
Old 10-21-2002, 07:05 AM   #2
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What hard disk and partition are you attempting to use?

When you copy the raid.s kernel to the /boot directory use the filename "vmlinuz", I think that is the default for the /etc/lilo.conf file. After that you need to run "lilo -r /mnt". The /mnt is the mount point for the file system. You can verify the file name to use by reading the lilo.conf file in the etc directory of the file system.

Also, I think if you are using the MBR for lilo, then it needs to be on the first hard disk the CMOS is configured to boot. If you are still unable to boot the system properly, then posting the lilo.conf file might be of some help as well.


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