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Old 04-02-2005, 08:08 AM   #1
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Slackware 10.1 on Dell Poweredge 2300; won't install

After googling for several hours and not finding a tutorial or how to get around the installation of Slack 10.1 on this PE2300 ~ decided to stop in a bit to know of the wisdom of others...


(all firmware has been updated to current according to link on Dell's Website )
Dell PowerEdge 2300 Server
PII 400MHz x 2
512 MB PC100 RAM
4 X 4GB SCSI HD's (Raid5 into one 12GB logical drive)
Adaptec 7890 + 7860 SCSI Cards
American Megatrends MegaRAID PERC 2/SC (flashed bios to current 3.13)

Some websites were saying that I needed to use the aacraid.s or something but I'm not sure about 'kernels floating around in cyberspace', let alone if it will work for Slackware. There was some stuff but it applied to other distros and they had weirdness compared to Slack. Yes, I'm n00b.

I kept on running into results with people that were talking about the PE2300 in their blogs and didn't explain what they did/do.

I guess what I need to know is this:

a) What kernel do I use so I can get the Adaptec SCSI cards working as well as the logical hardware raid5 so I can cfdisk and that jazz?

b) Is there a tutorial on this? No matter what kernel I try (raid.s said it was corrupt in cfdisk, adaptec.s even though the cards in there are adaptec says that there are no drives... jfs.s and 'cannot open disk drive')

c) Am I going about this all wrong? I know sometimes that the 'chicken and egg' thing happens and when installing you have to use some sort of ram drive that's made to make/view file systems and stuff.

Any help, advice, steps would be greatly appreciated
Old 04-02-2005, 08:39 AM   #2
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EDIT: I got up to the point of cfdisking and setting up the drive.

Stuck at installation off the cdrom.

Now when trying to do source media, it doesn't remember the scsi cdrom I used to install.

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Old 04-02-2005, 10:41 AM   #3
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at the bootscreen, there are instructions on how to choose a different
kernel then " bare.i " to boot.
you'll need one that says " scsi ".
i think you can get a list with possibilities.

Old 04-03-2005, 11:40 AM   #4
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I got up to that point and it is raid.s so it recognizes the hardware raid. The other kernels don't recognize the hardware raid so then it doesn't see the hard drive. raid.s does include my adaptec scsi's else it wouldn't read from the cdrom.

Now the issue is that after it boots up off the disk and then gets me to the installation point where I select my source media - that it cannot find the scsi disk drive that I used to install from the first place.

So now I gotta think around the issue. I even tried doing a manual specification for the source disk but it doesn't see the cdrom. I am not certain at this point. I do know that Novell Open Server 6.5 beta installs on it just fine so it's not a physical hardware issue - just can't get up to a certain point to install.

I think I read something about this (about how to get around this issue) somewhere, I just gotta find it or find it here first.



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