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Old 09-21-2005, 11:11 AM   #1
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Question Slackware boot image for DELL SC420 (SCSI)

I have recently purchased a DELL PowerEdge SC420 with an Adaptec 39320 U320 SCSI controller.

I have tried the adaptec.s boot image from the slackware 10.1 cd but it doesn't see the scsi controller.

Does anyone have a working boot image or can you point me to a site with one to download?

Many thanks.
Old 09-23-2005, 06:04 AM   #2
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I don't know if it would help you but I've found following link.
I'd suggest to do some search before asking. And remember, google is your friend.
Old 09-23-2005, 09:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I agree about using google before asking. I have been google(ing) for days but haven't managed to find anything that seemed to help. I was hoping someone knew something that google hadn't found.

Initially, I tried the slackware 10.1 adaptec.s because the website description looked very promising:

adaptec.s: This bootdisk supports most Adaptec SCSI controllers, including these models: AHA-1510, AHA-1520, AHA-1522, AHA-1522, AHA-1740, and AHA-2825. The AIC7xxx models, which include the 274x EISA cards; 284x VLB cards; 2902, 2910, 293x, 294x, 394x, 3985 and several other PCI and motherboard based SCSI controllers from Adaptec. Adaptec's I2O based RAID controllers (including OEM Adaptec RAID controllers used by HP and Dell, Adaptec branded AAC964/5400 RAID controllers, and DPT SmartRaid V cards).

When this didn't seem to work I started with google. The best I came up is to install an IDE disk, load slackware, and build a new kernel with the appropriate SCSI support.

BUT, just now I'm not sure I can put an IDE disk into the server and I don't have a spare box to load slackware 10.1 on either.

Anyway, I'm not at the end of the road yet and thanks for your reply.
Old 09-27-2005, 01:16 PM   #4
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Adaptec 39320 and Slackware


Just to let you know, your suggestion about installing and compiling on an IDE harddrive first, then moving everything over, worked out perfectly for me. I was also unable to find a bootdisk that supported AIC79xx for Slackware- but if you install on an IDE first and compile AIC79xx support into a newer kernel, you can then transfer everything over. The following FAQ came in handy for the file transfer: everything works out good.

Linux is such a beautiful thing.


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