I have a very serious installation problem (actually, unability) to install Slackware 10.2.
It is on a rather old machine: Primergy 640 (Fujitsu-Siemens).
The machine has a PCI Mylex DAC960 SCSI adapter - thus, I can use the raid.s kernel to boot from the installation CD successfully. The Linux driver that is written for DAC960 controller supports only large block devices, so the SCSI CD-ROM attached to the controller I use only for booting but after that the CD-ROM is not seen anymore by Slackware - it is natural and it is written in the driver's documentation, so, I have to find another way to present to Slackware the installation source CDs somewhere. Here I write the ISO Slackware 10.2 images on IDE harddisk that is attached to the mainboard inbuilt controller. The IDE disk is recognised by BIOS, and by Slackware as well but Slackware cannot find its partitions (e.g. hda1, hda2, etc.).
Sorry, for the long introduction but here it is the problem in brief:
1. whenever I boot with raid.s Slackware finds the RAID storage massive and its partitions as well: /dev/rd/c0d0p1 ...p4). I can use cfdisk /dev/rd/c0d0 without problems. BUT Slackware does not find the IDE partitions - it finds the disk, "cfdisk /dev/hda" command can also see the partitions BUT in /dev/ there does NOT exist hda1,hda2. Thus, it is not possible to loopback mount the ISO installation images and point the Slackware installer to that source location??
2. whenever I boot with raid.s but I detach the SCSI devices from it, the IDE disk partitions ARE seen correctly in /dev/hda1, /dev/hda2, etc. But of course in this case the RAID is not mounted and I want to install exactly on it.
So, it seems to me like a problem with dead end to solve. On the other hand, when I boot Redhat 9 installation CDs the DAC960 RAID is seen together with the hda1 and hda2 partitions as it should be. So, the problem is not with hardware incompatibility but rather else in brief:
when Slackware mounts the SCSI RAID storage massive partitions it can not simultaneously see and mount any IDE partitions - at least the installation environment ?!?!??
Please, can someone understand and help with this unsolvable problem!