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Old 02-23-2004, 02:58 PM   #1
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Promise RAID FastTrak133 (20276 )

I've have searched these forums, and up and down google for my answer. I have found several guides and How-To's as to how to recompile a kernel for the Promise RAID controller, but my question is....

How am I supposed to install Slackware if I have no disks to install it to because it don't see my disk array. Do I need to make a kernel, load it onto a floppy and somehow load that kernel at the boot: prompt, or do I have to make the kernel, and manually put it on the CD? I think I will be able to recompile the kernel, if only I could install Slack to begin with. Thanks for your help!
Old 02-23-2004, 05:39 PM   #2
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After re-reading my question I think I can make it clearer..

I am quite new to Linux.. I have the Promise PCD20276 controller running a RAID 0 array that has Windows XP installed on the first half, and empty space on the last half ( for Slack ). When I put my Disc 1 in, and get to the Boot: prompt, I have tried the ataraid.i parameter, with no luck. So I have been reading for 3 days about configuring and compiling kernels, and I believe I have a good understanding of that process. I also even created a config for the kernel. I could compile the kernel on a slackware install that I have setup on a VMWare Virtual Machine, but what would I do after that? My guess is somehow I need to load the kernel I created at the boot: prompt for Disc 1, but I have no clue how to go about this... I am about to try to use the makeboot on Disc 1, and make a bootdisk with my kernel. Hopefully somebody will help a noob out
Old 02-27-2004, 06:37 PM   #3
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you should be able to, via windows, download the pdc20276 driver for linux from your motherboard manufacture's website, as I did. Executing the file rights files to a floppy which are used in the installation of linux. However, I'm unfamiliar with Slack, so I can't say that the installer will pause and prompt you to enter the drivers, as Redhat and Windows do. Hope I'm of some help


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